North Shore ski shop burglaries likely linked |

North Shore ski shop burglaries likely linked

David Bunker, Sierra Sun
Kyle Magin, Sun News Service

North Tahoe investigators have arrested an Incline Village teen in connection with a snowboard shop burglary that officials believe may be one of many linked to break-ins around the region, including one in Tahoe City.

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at Porters Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City a little before midnight a week ago Tuesday and found a roof vent forced open, a pile of ski and snowboard gear on the store’s floor and the burglary suspects gone.

“They were going to take a bunch of stuff,” said Placer County Sheriff Sgt. Allan Carter.

The next night, Washoe County deputies responded to a similar call at the Incline Village Porters and arrested 18-year-old Donald Stratton of Incline Village outside the store’s back door on two burglary-related charges, said Washoe County Sheriff Sgt. Bill Devine.

Devine said the burglar had entered the building through a balcony, tripped the alarm and exited through the front door.

Store manager Tony Hetrick was called by the store’s alarm company immediately after the Incline Village break-in and arrived to find Porters overrun by Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies.

Snowboards were the only items missing from the store, according to Hetrick.

After searching Stratton’s Incline Village home and finding a stash of ski and snowboard gear, investigators are looking into links between the two crimes and possibly other ski-related burglaries elsewhere.

“The methodology was the same,” said Placer Sheriff’s Deputy Allan Carter of the two burglaries.

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