Plea agreement possible in burglary cases
A man accused of burglarizing 14 South Lake Tahoe businesses and six in Nevada is considering a plea agreement from El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office that would convict him of 14 felonies.
In May, South Lake Tahoe police caught 41-year-old David Stevens outside Ernie’s Coffee Shop, a restaurant on Emerald Bay Road. A silent alarm drew police to the shop in the early morning.
Before his arrest, Stevens, a transient, had been camping at various spots at South Shore.
While in custody, during a trip to Barton Memorial Hospital for a blood test, Detective Michael Dente said Stevens started to talk about the burglaries. On a tour of South Lake Tahoe with police, Stevens allegedly identified businesses he had broken into.
The plea agreement would not address burglaries Stevens is accused of in Nevada or more than a dozen church burglaries in which he is a suspect in at the Bay area.
“We’ve offered to drop some misdemeanor counts but we want pleads on all the felonies,” said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe. “I understand the judge has indicated 10 years should he plead to all burglaries in our jurisdiction. Once he’s concluded here, he may go to other jurisdictions in California or Nevada, but most likely to go from here to California State Department of Corrections.”
All of the crimes Stevens is suspected of at South Shore are low-level burglaries in which the perpetrator stole petty cash, charity jars and beer. The burglaries at the Bay area were break-ins at churches.
In late April, a string of 29 commercial break-ins hit South Shore. Two of those burglaries involved churches. Stevens has not yet been tied to those crimes, police said.
Stevens is expected to appear in court for a readiness and settlement hearing Aug. 9.
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