Money, cocaine found by tow truck driver |

Money, cocaine found by tow truck driver

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A 37-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was stopped by an officer for allegedly going 54 mph on Highway 50 — a 35 mph zone.

He was booked into jail on suspicion of drunken driving and suspicion of possessing a controlled substance at 8 p.m. Sunday.

A driver who towed the brown Ford pickup noticed money sticking out of a compartment under the steering wheel. He also found a small plastic bag containing 0.6 grams of white powder. Police confirmed the substance was cocaine.

In other news:

— Someone pried open a small window on a 1990 gold Honda Civic overnight Saturday and stole 25 compact discs and an X Box game case. The owner, a resident of Citrus Heights, told police he left his car locked in the parking lot of Timber Cove Lodge near the pool. Police said the burglar used a slip-type device to unlock the car door.

— Richard Cutright, 20, of South Lake Tahoe was booked into jail Friday about 6 p.m. on an outstanding warrant for petty theft. A patrol officer stopped a car he was driving at Crescent V Shopping Center because it had no license plate. The officer ticketed Cutright for possession of marijuana.

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— A group of three teenage boys ran out of the 7-Eleven at Pioneer Trail and Highway 50 with more than two cases of Budweiser beer. The crime occurred on Friday at 1:24 p.m. when a clerk was helping another customer, police said. The beer was worth $41.36.