Tahoe City crime: Bridgetender burglary suspect arrested, skips bail again
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Authorities are searching for a man who skipped bail again after being arrested and charged with felony drug crimes and multiple burglaries, one of which occurred at the Bridgetender Tavern and Grill last August.
Sgt. John Giovannini of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said James Linsey Polse, of Ripon, Calif., skipped bail after being arrested on a warrant by Ripon Police on May 1.
Polse was first arrested at his home in Ripon, Calif., on March 24, Giovannini said, for allegedly being an accomplice with Tahoma resident Cody Pohl in the burglary of two safes at the Bridgetender Tavern and Grill on Aug. 15. Placer County detectives surveilled Polse at his Ripon home and apprehended him with the help of the Ripon Police department when he tried to flee.
Polse skipped bail that time, too, Giovannini said. Currently, there are warrants out for Polse’s arrest out of Ripon and Placer counties.
Pohl was arrested at gunpoint at the Kings Beach 7-11 last September, Giovannini said, and is now awaiting trial at the county Jail in Auburn. Pohl’s felonies include three counts of burglary, five counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of petty theft with priors, one count possessing a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count for possessing drug paraphernalia. Should he be convicted Giovannini said it would be his second strike; one more, he said would mean 25 years to life.
Giovannini said Pohl and Polse are suspected of taking part in two home burglaries where they stole a guitar in one home and a television at another. This in addition to allegedly stealing five newspaper boxes at north and west Tahoe businesses.
Giovannini said the five newspaper boxes were found at Pohl’s residence, and the first Bridgetender safe was recovered in Pohl’s backyard; the second safe was found near the Mckinney Rubicon trailhead on Lake Tahoe’s west shore.
Giovannini said Placer County detectives have concluded their investigation and no other persons are suspected in the Bridgetender case, and it has been turned over to the Placer County district attorney’s office.
Giovannini urged residents with information on Polse’s whereabouts to contact the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Tahoe City at (530) 581-6305.
Ripon is located southwest of Lake Tahoe, near Modesto, Calif.
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