Sheetrock burglars haunt SLT
The Sheetrock burglars are consistent: they don’t get much cash but they continue to pry and smash their way into South Lake Tahoe businesses that don’t have alarms.
They have broken into more than 20 small businesses at South Shore. Last week police reported at least seven burglaries in South Lake Tahoe, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department reported several similar crimes at businesses in Nevada.
The thief often enters a store by smashing out a front window and releasing a deadbolt or prying open a rear door. Once inside, the thief frequently cuts through Sheetrock walls and burglarizes neighboring businesses.
Wednesday night someone illegally entered the Bountiful Cafe by prying open a storage room door, kicking in the Sheetrock wall of the room and stealing about $50 in cash from a register.
Also broken into last week was Alpensong Health Arts Therapeutic Message, Sensational Tans, Christian Science Reading Room and three businesses next to Nephele’s Restaurant; a chiropractor’s office, a hair salon and message therapy business. In each case, owners lost less than $100 in cash or found nothing missing.
“We’ve collected a lot of evidence from various sites. We’re just trying to process it and see what we’ve come up with,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Robert Hight. “We continue to get burglaries, but we’re doing everything we can to investigate and catch this guy.”
Police believe their suspect is on foot or bicycle. They said the burglar strikes in the dead of night and targets businesses without alarms.
Police recommend owners keep their businesses well-lit each night and keep signs out of their windows so police and the public can witness any illegal activity. They also suggest owners secure valuables and set all locks and alarms. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Detective Mike Dente at (530) 542-6100.
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