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Police searching for concert purse snatcher

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly punched two men and stole a purse at a George Thorogood concert.

Douglas County sheriff’s investigators said a 46-year-old man was enjoying the concert with his wife and other family members at the March 15 concert. When the show was over and people were exiting around 10 p.m., the man saw his wife arguing with a large-build man, a deputy said.

The husband intervened and was punched in the face and fell over some chairs, the deputy said. A 62-year-old man, who was with the family, attempted to stop the altercation but also got socked in the jaw and fell to the floor, the deputy said. The wife said she saw the man carrying her purse and black George Thorogood T-shirt.

Investigators are looking for four men who were sitting in the front row during the concert. The man who punched the men was believed to be with the group.

During the last 10 minutes of the show, the wife and another woman went to the front of the stage. The four men, including the suspect, reportedly pushed the women out of the way, said James Hutt, a bodyguard for George Thorogood, who was on stage.

Hutt gave descriptions of the four men to hotel security and two were found, the deputy said. The two men, both from El Dorado Hills, said they were with there with their wives and denied being with the two other men.

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The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 36 years old, 6 foot 3 inches tall, 300 pounds and having brown hair. He was wearing an orange baseball hat with a “T” on the front, gray T-shirt and blue jeans.E

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Tim Minister at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, at 775-586-7253 or Secret Witness at 775-586-7295. A reward for the identity of this person is being offered.E

In other news:

— After five years of waiting for the owner to retrieve the property, a South Shore manager turned in a sawed-off .30-caliber carbine rifle to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department on Tuesday, an officer said.

The weapon was booked for destruction.

— A 33-year-old Folsom woman reported her backpack missing from her 1999 Toyota pickup while it was parked at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Tuesday, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The woman left her car at 10 a.m. and returned to find her driver’s side door open, the deputy said. Ski gloves, a two-way radio, a security chip for her truck and keys were in her backpack.

— Somebody kicked in two doors at a residence on the 3600 block of Paradise Avenue and stole a television, VCR , microwave and a bottle of brandy, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

A caretaker last checked the residence on March 12 but returned a week later to find the items missing, the officer said. No vandalism was reported.

— Seven people were caught trying to use fake passes for free admission to ski resorts this week, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department deputy said. Two people were caught on Wednesday at Heavenly Ski Resort, including a 34-year-old San Francisco man and a 25-year-old Avon, Colo., man, the deputy said. Both were caught trying to board Gunbarrel chairlift.