Suspect in string of burglaries is expected to enter plea |

Suspect in string of burglaries is expected to enter plea

The Record-Courier

MINDEN — A 45-year-old former security guard, a suspect in more than 20 break-ins at Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley, is expected to plead guilty in District Court to attempted burglary.

Patricia Medel of Carson City waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday and will appear in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 14.

Lawyer Tod Young said two counts of burglary will be dismissed without prejudice in a plea agreement with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Medel also faces similar charges in Washoe County.

Investigators believe Medel may be involved in a series of break-ins that began May 5 in Stateline and continued in Zephyr Cove, Minden and Gardnerville. The thefts are linked by a similar mode of entry: Someone forced a lock and entered a strip of shops, breaking into each one through doors or walls and taking only cash.

In all, 20 separate reports were taken on burglaries, including a break-in at a Topsy Lane restaurant, which netted $2,300 cash.

Deputies identified Medel after a woman matching her description was spotted playing slot machines at a Stateline casino on June 14. Medel was arrested after deputies learned she had a Reno warrant for her arrest.

She was the subject of television news reports in April after she was arrested for burglary. According to the Reno Police Department, Medel was videotaped in uniform and driving a marked security company vehicle trying to break into the back of a business.

Officers located her and found a cash register drawer in her company vehicle under her uniform jacket along with a .25-caliber pistol.

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