Lucky break cracks vacation rental burglary case
August 16, 2013
The nervous behavior of a man standing next to a motorcycle led South Lake Tahoe police to crack several recent vacation burglaries on Tuesday.
Eric Beaman, 26, was arrested after witnesses led officers to an address on Armstrong Avenue.
According to police, officers were working an unrelated case when they noticed a man next to a motorcycle. When the man noticed officers he walked away from the motorcycle. After officers completed their other case, neighbors said that as soon as the man was out of officers' sight, he fled on foot. After checking the motorcycle, officers learned it had been stolen during a burglary in July. Witnesses said they'd seen the man run from Elwood Avenue to a home on Armstrong.
When officers and El Dorado County deputies went to the residence, the occupant would not answer the door. After getting a search warrant, officers entered the home and found items confirmed as stolen during several recent vacation rental burglaries. Officers arrested Beaman at the house for possession of stolen property. Beaman was not the man spotted earlier with the motorcycle. That man has been identified by investigators, who are seeking an arrest warrant.
Any victims of recent vacation rental burglaries, or anyone having information they believe is related to the investigation, is asked to call 530-542-6100. Information may also be forwarded to Secret Witness at 530-541-6800 or to SLTPD detectives via Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/sltpd.detectives