Trailhead burglar must pay $15,418 restitution as part of probation


A California woman was ordered to pay $15,418.50 restitution as part of her suspended sentence for burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Carolyn Brinkman was one of two thieves who broke into vehicles parked at trailheads in Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe. Her sentencing wraps up the year-long case.

She and Harvis Berry took credit cards from the vehicles and used them to purchase gift cards at various stores.

Her sentencing was continued while the exact restitution amount and a means to retrieve $6,362 from the gift cards was determined.

She was sentenced to two suspended 12-30-month prison terms that will run simultaneously. Her probation will last three years.

Whatever money can be recovered from the gift cards will be sent to the victims and then Brinkman and Berry will be responsible for the rest.

• A Gardnerville man faces up to five years in prison after he admitted to felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Freddie Clark, 42, pleaded guilty in connection with a methamphetamine deal sometime during March 31 and April 1.

A July 12 sentencing date was set for Clarke and his bail was lowered to $3,000 bondable.

• A man who admitted he was traveling with a woman who had a protection order against him will wait another week before he’s sentenced.

Carlson Bryant was arrested May 3 after a traffic stop and during a background check it was revealed he had an extended protection order out of Kern County.

Bryant said he and the woman were moving to Nevada from California and that they’d attempted to get the order overturned

There is no accusation that Bryant committed a violent act, but his failure to follow a court order resulted in his staying in jail for another week until his sentencing on June 1.

• A Florida man who came to Lake Tahoe on vacation returned home on probation after his Tuesday sentencing.

Quinn Perry Sisson, 22, was drunk when he was arrested in Stateline after he climbed into someone else’s vehicle and tried to drive it out of a parking garage.

After being stopped and arrested, he fought with deputies, including spitting on them.

District Judge Tod Young warned attorney Joe Laub not to blame the altitude for Sisson’s behavior.

“His BAC was so high, he could have been in Bad Water Death Valley and still been grossly intoxicated,” Young said.

Sisson said he didn’t remember much about that night on Oct. 11, 2020.

“I was far too intoxicated,” he said. “I remember waking up in jail.”

He was sentenced to a suspended 180-day jail sentence for gross misdemeanor battery on an officer and three days for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

• A Reno man entered an innocent plea to a charge of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.

Adam Tyler Gusman appeared in Douglas County District Court on Monday where his appointed attorney said it’s likely the case will settle, but he needs more time.

A warrant out of Tahoe Township Justice Court was quashed and District Judge Tom Gregory set a June 28 status hearing.


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