Police trace crimes to Truckee teen
A Truckee teenager was arrested Sunday after four cars were broken into early Saturday in the High Street area of downtown Truckee, authorities said.
One of the cars was stolen and later wrecked, according to police Sgt. Jason Litchie.
Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a Truckee police officer attempted to stop a vehicle in downtown that was being driven recklessly, Litchie stated in a written report. The motorist did not stop, leading the officer on a pursuit that eventually ended when the car crashed. The driver exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
According to Sgt. Litchie, the driver appeared to be driving under the influence.
Truckee police officers attempted to locate the suspect using night vision and thermal imaging, but were unsuccessful.
Later that morning, police received reports of car break-ins in the High Street area as well as a burglary at Totally Board, a snowboard shop. According to authorities, several items were reported missing from the vehicles that matched items found earlier in the wrecked and abandoned car.
In a seemingly unrelated event, officers on Sunday were led to an address on Perkins Street where they arrested two people for probation offenses and other charges. According to the police account of events, officers located evidence at the residence that linked a 16-year-old Truckee boy with the burglaries. In a phone interview, Sgt. Litchie would not disclose what evidence they found.
Once located, the suspected juvenile attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by officers and taken into custody.
The suspect was charged with commercial burglary and resisting arrest after being treated for injuries at Tahoe Forest Hospital, Litchie stated.
Further investigations connected the suspect to the stolen vehicle, adding charges of car theft, vehicle pursuit, vehicle burglary, a felony warrant for burglary from Reno and a second count of resisting arrest, according to Litchie.
The suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall in Nevada City. Police did not release the suspect’s name because he is a minor.
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