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Truckee Police nab duo suspected in multiple auto, home burglaries

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Police in Truckee have arrested a man and woman suspected in a series of recent vehicle and residential burglaries throughout the Truckee-North Tahoe area.

Lisandro Rangel-Garcia, 25, of Reno, faces three felony charges of grand theft, vehicle theft and fugitive parole violation, as well as misdemeanor charges of methamphetamine possession, drug paraphernalia possession and possession of burglary tools.

Claudia Rojas Chavez, 27, of Truckee faces felony charges of first degree burglary and theft, and misdemeanor charges of concealed weapons possession and petty theft.

On Nov. 21, at about 9 p.m., Truckee Police Department officers were notified that a trailer containing numerous new bicycles had been located near Alder Creek Road, police said.

"It was discovered the trailer belonged to a local bicycle shop owner and had been stolen from his front yard sometime during the day," the department said in a news release. "When the shop owner arrived to check the trailer, numerous new bicycles, still in boxes, were discovered to be missing from the trailer."

Officers later located a vehicle at the Henness Flats Apartments parking lot that suspected to be involved in the thefts. According to police, the vehicle's owner, Rangel-Garcia, was soon arrested.

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Inside the apartment complex, officers found that "several more stolen bicycles were located on the stairwell leading to the apartment," according to the release, all of which were taken from the same bicycle shop.

The next day, a Nevada County Sheriff's Office deputy located "several more stolen bicycles still in boxes off of Prosser Dam Road" that also belonged to the same shop, according to TPD. Most of the stolen bikes were returned to the owner, police said.

During their investigation, officers reportedly developed additional information on other possible theft cases in the area.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, TPD served a search warrant at the apartment, "locating numerous pieces of stolen property from recent auto and residential burglaries that have occurred locally."

While serving the warrant, Chavez, 27, was arrested and booked into Nevada County Jail in Truckee. Her bail is set at $52,500.

Since Rangel-Garcia is on parole for burglary and had an outstanding felony warrant out of Oregon, he remains in custody on No Bail hold.

In their statement Tuesday, TPD urged residents and visitors to be wary of extra criminal activity as the holidays approach.

"Once again, like so many recent cases, citizen assistance was instrumental in locating the stolen property and catching the thieves in this case," TPD Sgt. Robert Womack said in a statement. "We also preach, if you see something, say something; we want to come check it out. Even if you think it might not be worth it, often little things turn into larger leads.