Woman reports attempted break in
October 19, 2013
Officials in Douglas and El Dorado counties are investigating a report of a Minden burglary attempt Saturday afternoon which ended when the resident chased away two men trying to break down her front door.
The victim said two men, using a crowbar, tried to break into her house on Esmeralda Avenue through the front door while she was home.
She described the suspects as a white man, 20-25 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, thin build, with short, reddish-brown hair; and a black man, with dreadlocks, wearing a beanie, sweatshirt and jeans, 20-25 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, thin build.
The victim said she was watching television in the living room about 2 p.m., and heard a loud knocking at her front door.
By the time she reached the door, the woman said she heard what sounded like someone using a shoulder to break down the door, and a crunching noise that sounded like a crowbar.
She said the men fled in an older white Ford Explorer or truck when she yelled at them through the door to leave.
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The woman called 911 and was able to copy the license number that was traced to a South Lake Tahoe man who reported his plate was stolen Saturday.
El Dorado County officers met with the man who is not considered a suspect in the Minden case.
According the El Dorado County deputies, there have been a dozen daytime residential burglaries in the last two weeks using a crowbar with suspects in an older white Ford Explorer.
Officers believe the suspects are stealing license plates from similar vehicles and replacing the plates on their Explorer after each incident.