Couple faces sentencing in crowbar burglaries
March 4, 2014
A South Lake Tahoe couple who admitted to committing a series of crowbar burglaries is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court for sentencing today.
Joseph Winters, 48, and Jean Winters, 44, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of burglary on Jan. 7.
Mr. Winters faces a maximum of 40 years while Mrs. Winters faces up to 30 years.
Joseph Winters admitted to entering or serving as a lookout at one business and three homes with the purpose of stealing.
"I stole property from those people," he told Judge Tod Young in January of the thefts that ranged from Foothill to Indian Hills in Carson Valley.
Jean Winters admitted to two possession of stolen property charges because she had two rings and a watch that had been taken in the burglaries that occurred Oct. 11-18.
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The Winters were among three people arrested on Oct. 18 at a home in Valley Crest Estates where someone had used a crowbar to break in.
At the scene of their arrest, investigators found a white 2000 Ford Explorer described in an Oct. 11 burglary attempt in Minden.
The Minden resident said she heard someone ring her doorbell and before she was able to answer the door, two men using a crowbar tried to break into the house. She was able to describe the vehicle.
Similar thefts are being investigated by South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County authorities.
Jeffrey Lee Stephens, 44, who was also arrested in October, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and two counts of attempted possession of stolen property, all felonies, on Feb. 18. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15.