Meyers resident nabbed in suspected receipt scam |

Meyers resident nabbed in suspected receipt scam

William Ferchland
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Greg Evans investigates a single-vehicle accident in the Al Tahoe neighborhood early Sunday morning. Tamara Ricks, suspected of fleeing the scene, was apprehended by police officers minutes later and arrested.

Police say a 44-year-old Meyers man used fake receipts at a weekend sale at the Elks Club Lodge to steal more than $1,000 in tools. He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, attempted grand theft and forgery.

The tool sale scam involved buying items, getting a receipt, then handing the receipt to a person at a different station who would retrieve the merchandise.

Christopher Fawcett was arrested Sept. 11 after allegedly trying to pass a fake receipt for $299.54, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy stated in a report.

Fawcett said his accomplice, a man he knew only as “Spike,” conjured up the idea, the deputy reported.

An unknown man did try to get merchandise with a fake receipt of $1,627.09 in tools. The two men left the area when salespeople said they would call authorities.

When they left, someone marked down the license plate of one of the vehicles.

In other news:

— A $2,000 tan Mulberry purse was taken from a 2001 Subaru wagon parked on the east shoulder of Highway 89 south of the Eagle Falls parking lot on Sept. 11, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The Subaru Legacy’s owner said he parked the car at 12:30 p.m. and returned three hours later with his hiking companion to find a window smashed and property missing. The deputy thought a car could have pulled alongside the Subaru, with thieves breaking a window and taking anything within reach.

Besides the purse, other items taken were a $150 Coach wallet, a $1,000 travel bag filled with women’s clothing, dozens of compact discs and $200.

— Tamara Ricks, 24, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run drunken driving Sunday morning after she drove her car into two houses in the 900 block of San Francisco St., police said. No one was injured in the accident.

Police found Ricks walking down the street after the 8:30 a.m. crash. Ricks told investigators she got in a fight with her male companion, who left the car before the accident occurred.

Utility lines at the houses were damaged.

– Staff writer Amanda Fehd contributed to this report.

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