Men in custody on Tahoma and Tahoe City theft allegations |

Men in custody on Tahoma and Tahoe City theft allegations

Items ranging from slippers to antique firearms are available for pick up by victims of a string of thefts in which the perpetrators struck construction sites and vacation homes in Tahoma and Tahoe City, authorities said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, an uncle-and-nephew pair are in custody for their alleged involvement in stealing the items and hoarding them.

Christian Tourville, a 37-year-old from Tahoma, and Andrew Pellissier, a 19-year-old of Tahoe City, were booked in jail after El Dorado County and Placer County sheriff’s department investigators tied them to the crimes.

Placer County Sheriff’s Detective David Hunt said communication with pawn shops in Reno and Sparks helped lead authorities to the alleged thieves.

Construction sites in Tahoe City were broken into. One vacation house near Squaw Valley U.S.A. had a loss of about $100,000 in antiques and money from one burglary, Hunt said. Many of the houses didn’t have alarm systems, he added.

“Neither subject had a job, so they completely supported themselves from the profits of their crimes,” Hunt said. “This is their way of life. They would wake up and say ‘Where am I going to burglar today?'”

El Dorado Deputy Sonny Piazza said about 20 vacation homes were burglarized.

The losses included computer equipment, speakers, fishing poles, stereo equipment, tools, skis, a kayak, bicycles, rugs, a leather ottoman chair, coffee maker, shoes, bags, a slot machine and binoculars.

Tourville was arrested in March while Pellissier was arrested on June 28 on two $100,000 warrants, authorities said. Tourville is scheduled to appear in El Dorado County Superior Court Aug. 17.

People can go to the department of transportation yard in Tahoma on July 26-27 for pick up of items.

People must have filed reports of loss, have serial numbers attached to the items or be very specific about their possessions in order to obtain them.

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