Marla Bay sees rash of car burglaries |

Marla Bay sees rash of car burglaries

William Ferchland

A handful of vehicle burglaries in the Marla Bay area has prompted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to remind residents to lock car doors and keep valuables inside.

Three cars were targeted along Pharris Lane in Zephyr Cove last week. A total of $2,000 in items were taken from the unlocked cars.

Two animal shock collars, a digital camera and a $200 Careflight jacket were among the items stolen, deputies said.

Rick Brown, an investigator with the department, said there were 15 car burglaries last summer in the same area. He hopes residents will take precautions to prevent this year’s number from reaching 2003’s level.

In other news:

– A 17-year-old girl who was on her way to pay rent instead took $800 from her account to purchase fake diamonds from a stranger, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

The teenager was approached at Albertsons Supermarket on Al Tahoe Boulevard by a woman. After some discussion, the woman was approached by another female who paid $4,000 for one diamond, the officer said. Authorities believe the two women were working together.

Encouraged by the transaction, the teenager pulled $800 from her bank account and added $700 in rent money to make a purchase, an officer said.

The diamonds were later discovered to be fake.

– A woman in Altitude Nightclub at Harrah’s Tahoe was hit in the head by a beer bottle after pushing a 41-year-old female from Pleasanton, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

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