Two teens confess to armed robbery after arrest in city’s most recent |

Two teens confess to armed robbery after arrest in city’s most recent

Two teens accused of robbing a gas station with a hatchet Sunday night allegedly confessed to at least one other armed robbery in South Lake Tahoe. The youths allegedly claimed they were trying to pay off drug debts, police said.

The robbery of the USA gas station on the 1100 block of Emerald Bay Road is the fourth in the city this year. Investigators said that around 8:20 p.m., two men wearing ski masks entered the gas station. One the men threatened a 55-year-old male customer with the hatchet and demanded his money. The man handed over his cash and complied with the robber’s orders to lie on the floor. The second robber made similar threats to the female clerk. She gave the men all the money from the cash register. Both men fled out a side door headed toward Bonanza Street.

About 25 minutes later, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy saw two subjects matching the robbers’ description getting into a taxi at Tata Lane and B Street. A search uncovered a hatchet, knife, tire iron, ski masks, and money close to the amount reported stolen from the robbery. The youths, 16- and 17-year-olds from South Lake Tahoe, were tentatively identified by the clerk and customer as the robbers.

During police interviews the teens allegedly confessed to the Jan. 18 robbery of the Lake Tahoe Car Wash. During that robbery, two robbers, one armed with a handgun, forced their way into the office of the car wash. They took money and cigarettes. Police said a third, and possibly fourth, male stood outside the business during the robbery.

The juveniles are being held in the Placerville juvenile hall on two counts of armed robbery.

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