Woman admits break-in at vacation home

A 20-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman, a suspect in nearly two dozen vacation home break-ins in the resort community, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted burglary.

Brooke J. Laugheed told District Judge Dave Gamble that she broke into the house in the 100 block of South Benjamin where she used to work as a housekeeper.

"I stayed the night," Laugheed said. "The next morning, I stole some stuff."

According to the homeowner, the burglars took two 50-inch flat-screen televisions worth $10,000 and a $400 Xbox system.

They also used the hot tub, slept in beds, drank beer, wine coolers and liqueur, and helped themselves to food.

A dining room chair was broken.

The suspects were arrested when deputies found a "Vex" night club wristband and other items that they traced to the offenders.

Investigators are looking at break-ins at 19 houses at South Shore and the Cave Rock/Zephyr Heights area that occurred last summer.

Missing items ranged from poultry seasoning to stereo equipment.

Laugheed's attorney, Derrick Lopez, said she pleaded to two counts of burglary in South Lake Tahoe and is to be sentenced March 5.

Gamble set sentencing for March 5 on the Douglas County charge.

Laugheed's sentence is to run consecutive to the California sentence. She faces five years in Nevada State Prison, a $10,000 fine and restitution.

According to court records, the burglars kicked their way in or gained entry by drilling a hole through the door.


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