Teen-age pirates swashbuckled
Two juveniles were arrested Tuesday for stealing seven bottles of liquor from the Tahoe Queen on Feb. 11 and 17, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said.
The two males, age 16 and 17, were part of a group of four teen-agers who were caught vandalizing the Lakeland Village parking garage with permanent markers, police said.
After searching the minors, police found the liquor bottles and five patriotic shotglasses believed to be from the Tahoe Queen.
The bottles of liquor included rum, vodka, whiskey and tequila.
The officers, who were aware of recent burglaries at the Tahoe Queen, checked the paddlewheeler that night and found it had been broken into, Detective Donna Kingman said.
The four teen-agers were cited for burglary, vandalism and possession of alcohol by minors, Sgt. Steve O’Brien said.
Names of the teen-agers are being withheld because they are under 18, police said.
On Tuesday morning, police searched the residence of the arrested 16-year-old male and found no further evidence of previous thefts.
The two arrests were the first leads into a string of burglaries at Ski Run Marina. The Tahoe Queen was first burglarized on Feb. 7 when unknown suspects broke into the paddlewheeler and removed 15 bottles of liquor and four Hornblower sweatshirts.
Another break-in occurred on Feb. 11 when several bottles of liquor were stolen from the Queen. Seven boats, belonging to Tahoe Sport Fishing, were burglarized as well. In those thefts, more than $4,000 in liquor and fishing equipment was taken.
Then, on Feb. 17, two Tahoe Sport Fishing boats were burglarized when unknown suspects took a space heater and filet knife.
Detective Kingman believes the juveniles were only involved in the Feb. 11 Tahoe Queen burglaries and not the Tahoe Sport Fishing losses.
“I think mainly the focus of the loot was alcohol,” she said. “That’s why we don’t know if they’re connected to the boat burglaries.”
The two males were arrested on burglary, trespassing and vandalism charges. They were released to their parents.
The Tahoe Sport Fishing burglaries are still under investigation, Detective Kingman said.