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Police looking into car burglaries

William Ferchland

Police are seeking information on four males who are suspects in 30 vehicle burglaries in the past 10 months.

Cars in gym, store, post office and church parking lots have had their windows smashed and valuable items taken from the seats or floors of the cars, said South Lake Tahoe police Detective Robbie Hight. Usually the doors are never opened and the crimes take less than several minutes, Hight said.

“There is no set pattern, time or place that we can figure out,” he said.

If credit or debit cards are taken, they are used immediately.

The latest burglary happened Monday evening at Longs Drug Store at 2358 Lake Tahoe Blvd. More than $2,500 was taken in camera equipment from a pickup truck. Hangers from Kmart were found at the scene. Police are reviewing Kmart surveillance videos.

The white males are in their late teens or early 20s. The four were spotted on camera in a black sports car. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Hight at (530) 542-6137. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

In other news:

n A two-car crash on Highway 50 east of Camp Sacramento briefly closed the corridor Wednesday while one car leaked gas, a Lake Valley firefighter said.

Injuries were minor, the firefighter said. A helicopter was called but later cancelled. The cause of the accident was unknown before deadline.

n Ezequiel Hernandez, a 21-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, was arrested on child molestation charges for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl on three different occasions, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

n A red Yamaha golf cart from Tahoe Keys Marina that was reported stolen was found wedged between a fence and tree on the 800 block of Jeffery Street, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said. The cart was hot-wired by unknown suspects.

n More than $800 in camping equipment was reported stolen from a house on the 1400 block of Keller Road, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said. The officer said a rash of burglaries have occurred in the area of Regina and Keller roads.

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