Rash of car burglaries reported
Don’t leave your valuables in your car.
Everyone’s heard the warning at one time or another, but unfortunately few pay heed. Local investigators said some thieves are glad that people haven’t been so careful.
“Since Christmas week, we’ve had 10 auto burglaries in the casino core and Kingsbury areas,” said Douglas County Detective Dave Brown. “They’re taking everything from snowboards to stereos.”
Brown said the burglaries occurred late in the evening and early morning, and the problem isn’t just on the Nevada side. South Lake Tahoe has also experienced a rash of thefts from autos.
On Thursday morning, two people reported losing CDs and speakers from their vehicles at St. Francis of the Woods Condominiums on State Route 89. Around 12:30 p.m., a woman reported the theft of ski equipment from her car on the 2200 block of Helen Avenue, near Barton Memorial Hospital. Just before midnight, a woman called police to report her car was broken into at Embassy Vacation Resort’s satellite parking lot on Osgood Avenue. A Sony car stereo was taken.
South Lake Tahoe Detective Brian Williams said there have been between 15 and 20 auto burglaries in the city since Christmas week.
“There is some evidence to connect these with Douglas County, but we’re thinking there may be more than one group,” Williams said. “Parking lots have been a bigger target lately than residences, but there have been some residential areas hit.”
Williams said that the thieves have gone for unlocked cars, but locks aren’t stopping them.
“Camper shells are very easy to open even if locked. They’ve used Slim Jims, force, and busted open windows,” Williams explained. “They’re grabbing everything. Ski equipment is very popular, but they’ve also been taking a lot of stereos.”
Williams said if residents can’t keep their vehicles in a locked garage, they should consider parking close to their house giving them a more likely chance to hear a burglar.
Both investigators stressed that valuables shouldn’t be left in a vehicle over night.
Anyone with information is asked to call the South Lake Tahoe Police at (530) 542-6100, or Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at (775) 586-7250.
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