Post offices robbed |

Post offices robbed

Christina Proctor

A sting operation netted two South Lake Tahoe juveniles suspected of stealing purses from unlocked vehicles at the Stateline and South Lake Tahoe post offices.

Five thefts were reported between Jan. 20 and Feb. 5. – four in Stateline, one in South Lake Tahoe. The losses totaled about $300. The thieves would snatch the purses while the victims were picking up their mail. All the purses were left in plain view with the cars unlocked, investigators said.

Two girls, ages 16 and 17, both students at South Tahoe High School, were arrested Friday at the Stateline post office, and charged with three counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

The 17-year-old was also charged with child endangerment because she reportedly had her 1-year-old twins in the vehicle with her at the time of the alleged crimes. The 16-year-old was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Investigators from both sides of the state line worked on a “set-up” to catch the thieves. A Douglas County female employee went to the Stateline post office Friday and left her purse in her vehicle. Investigators said after the woman entered the building, the two girls were seen snatching the purse. The girls left in a vehicle and Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies stopped them as they headed west on U.S. Highway 50 toward South Lake Tahoe. Investigators said the “set-up” purse was found in the car.

Investigators said the girls were cooperative and they were released into their parents’ custody.

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