Johnson Lane home ransacked in burglary |

Johnson Lane home ransacked in burglary

A Johnson Lane woman came home Tuesday to find someone had opened all her Christmas presents while burglarizing her home.

The burglary occurred in the 2600 block of Fuller Avenue sometime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office report.

The victim said when she drove into her garage, she found the back door open. As she’d gone through the house, all the cabinets were left open. She told deputies she found the curio cabinet open and items thrown on the floor, all the Christmas presents were unwrapped and the boxes were open. All her bedroom dressers were emptied and dumped on her bed. One of her pillowcases was missing, most likely used to haul off $6,230 in jewelry, $150 in change and an Ipod. The thieves ignored two lap tops, three firearms, as well as the liquor cabinet, and consumer electronics.

The door appeared to have been jimmied.

In canvassing the neighborhood, the deputy learned that two men wearing suits without ties came to a nearby home at about 10 a.m. that day. They were reportedly unkempt and were not carrying a clipboard or anything else in their hands.

The witness said she also heard that a couple was standing in front of a neighbor’s home on Sunday when that neighbor returned home. They introduced themselves as Ken and Barbie and said they’d just moved into the neighborhood. The witness told the deputy no one new has moved in.

The burglary is under investigation.

■ A Chichester Estates resident reported that someone had taken a UPS package containing $250 in wine from her front porch sometime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 18.

The resident said she signed for the package that afternoon, but that it was too heavy for her to lift. When she went out to have her brother bring it in at around 5 p.m., it was gone.

The theft occurred in the 1300 block of Westminster Place.

Anyone with information about the Carson Valley thefts may call Douglas County Secret Witness at 782-7463.

■Charges were dropped against a South Lake Tahoe man who was arrested on Christmas morning 2014.

Daniel Vega denied any involvement in the thefts. A document provided by his father dated Oct. 31, 2016, indicated that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Vega.

Original Story: South Lake Tahoe police are seeking the public’s help in locating items allegedly taken during a burglary early Christmas morning.

Occupants of a Fresno Avenue vacation rental said they woke to find a man rummaging through their belongings. They chased him from the house and called police, who searched for the man until they arrested Daniel Vega, 24. He denied any involvement in the thefts.

Among the items being sought are a Mac laptop and a lady’s purse with identity and Indian currency.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Lake Tahoe police at 530-542-6100.