Alleged burglar arrested in south state |

Alleged burglar arrested in south state

A suspect in several vehicle burglaries in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Washoe and Alpine Counties was arrested Monday in Southern California.

Georgeanne Soto is believed to be responsible for stealing credit cards and identification from several cars, then using the cards to cash in approximately $200,000 from Lake Tahoe and Reno area banks and casinos.

According to Sheriff Edward Bonner, of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Soto would wait in parking lots, watching for hikers, bikers, roller bladers, etc., to leave their valuables behind and hit the trails. Soto would then allegedly break into the vehicles, steal women’s credit cards and identification and then immediately obtain cash advances from local banks and casinos.

In early November, Soto was identified as a suspect after several casinos required a thumbprint to receive the large cash advances she was asking for. Soto is a parolee from Southern California and was identified after the casino thumbprints were placed into an automated fingerprint system at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department.

She was arrested by her parole officer in Compton, Calif., when she contacted him for her overdue appointment.

Soto is currently in custody and waiting for her parole violation hearings in Los Angeles County.

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