Post office at Round Hill burglarized |

Post office at Round Hill burglarized

Gregory Crofton

Two South Lake Tahoe residents were arrested early Monday after deputies found more than $1,000 worth of postage stamps in their car.

A break-in set off an alarm at the U.S. post office in the Round Hill Shopping Center on Monday at 12:20 a.m. Deputies stopped the driver of a maroon 1991 Chevrolet Lumina leaving the area and found a propane torch along with the stamps.

“The plastic accordion door that secures the merchandise had a burn hole in it,” said Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Minister. “It was large enough to reach through and grab merchandise.”

Jason Helton, a 30-year-old laborer, and 20-year-old Tamara Ricks, an exotic dancer, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools. Helton was also booked for possession of a pipe with marijuana in it. Ricks’ 9-month-old baby was in the car when deputies made the arrests.

Helton and Ricks were wanted by law enforcement before Monday’s break-in. Helton had a parole hold issued for him by the California Department of Corrections. Ricks was wanted for probation violation, Minister said.

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