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Thefts on rise: Authorities urge securing snowblowers, track serial numbers

A South Lake Tahoe resident clears snow.
Bill Rozak/Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Authorities are reporting an increase in snowblower thefts since the snow began to fall at Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department has reported an increase in thefts and are asking residents to secure their snowblowers when not in use and to note the make, model and serial number.

“Storing inside the garage is always the best option, but if kept outside, make sure it is tethered and locked to your home to prevent an easy theft,” said the department in a news release. “In the event your snowblower is stolen, without knowing your serial number, we can’t prove someone is illegally in possession of stolen property. For example, owning a Honda 928 is very common in our community, but to prove it is stolen, we need its individualized serial number to know it belongs to the victim and is in fact stolen. This would help us make an arrest and return the victim’s snowblower.”

To contact the department, call 530-542-6100.

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