Life in prison may await Tahoe man who burglarized doctor’s office
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A North Tahoe man who boasts a multi-felony rap sheet related to burglaries across the region for roughly a decade could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Cameron Francis Covington, 33, of Tahoe Vista, was found guilty of one count of burglary after a four-day trial in Washoe County District Court in Reno in mid-April, according to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.
It reportedly took the jury less than four hours to reach a guilty verdict.
According to a statement last month from the DA’s office, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies in February 2014 responded to a burglary report at an Incline Village doctor’s office, where Covington stole non-narcotic medications, a prescription pad and $260 in cash.
Covington was eventually identified as a suspect in the burglary, with the assistance of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. A second suspect may have been involved, but was not arrested.
More than a year later, during the April trial, the DA’s office introduced evidence that showed Covington broke into the office in the middle of the night after having been seen there earlier that day.
Detectives testified Covington admitted to burglarizing the office, and he led them to the location of the stolen prescription pad, which he had thrown away several days prior to being arrested.
Based on Covington’s extensive criminal history dating back to 2003, the DA’s office is seeking a “habitual criminal status” for Covington.
He has previously been convicted of 11 felony charges in Nevada and California. Prior convictions include burglary, stolen property and drug charges.
The former North Tahoe High School student was first arrested in 2003 by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, then twice in the winter and spring of 2008 on suspicion of 13 or more felony charges related to vehicle and other burglaries throughout the Truckee-Tahoe region.
According to previous reports, the Placer sheriff’s office and Truckee Police Department had received more than 80 reports through January 2008 of personal property stolen from vehicles.
After Covington’s arrest that winter, calls reporting thefts from vehicles dropped off significantly.
Covington is set to be sentenced on June 17 in Reno, according to the DA’s office; he faces a potential maximum sentence of life in prison if sentenced as a habitual criminal.
The minimum sentence for the felony burglary charge is 1 to 10 years in prison.