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October 17, 2013
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Woman reports attempted break in

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.

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.


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The Record Courier Updated Oct 17, 2013 04:15PM Published Oct 19, 2013 10:45AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.