South Shore burglary suspects remain in jail
A South Lake Tahoe couple in their 20s were charged with nine felony commercial burglary counts when more information revealed a larger scope of their purported crimes.
Robert Kelley, 26, was charged with five counts of commercial burglary while his 22-year-old companion, Shannon Smith, was charged with four, said El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Tony Sears.
The two, who are in a dating relationship, are said to be cooperating with authorities.
“From their combined statements it sounds like they’re responsible for many more burglaries, as many as 20 total,” Sears said.
Both are being held at El Dorado County Jail. Kelley’s bail was listed at $75,000 while Smith’s amount was $40,000.
They pleaded not guilty to their charges during an arraignment Monday.
The two were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary when followed to a motel after a break-in at Ski Run Laundromat during the dark hours of Thursday morning.
Tools and stolen property identified by businesses hit by burglars were found.
Sears listed the Timber Cove Lodge, Hoss Hoggs, and Americana Village as some of the places that were burglarized. The two said they worked at Hoss Hoggs in a bail review hearing.
An employee at the barbecue restaurant and bar wasn’t familiar with the two names. The establishment along Lake Tahoe Boulevard had cash stolen last week by burglars.
“They tried to get into the safe but they couldn’t get in there at all,” said employee Ann Donnelly.
Over several months a host of businesses have been haunted by burglars, with some merchants buying or stepping up security systems.
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