Burglary suspects due in court today
Two men charged with burglarizing a Gardnerville assisted living center made their initial appearances in court Monday.
Shane Norman Koos, 19, and Stefan Michael Rodriguez, 19, both of Gardnerville are charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors after allegedly breaking into Merrill Gardens March 23.
Both remain in the Douglas County jail on $75,320 bail.
They will appear again before Justice Court Judge Jim EnEarl today at 1 p.m.
EnEarl appointed lawyers for the two men.
Koos will be represented by Derrick Lopez. Tod Young will defend Rodriguez.
After looking at the charges against Rodriguez, who appeared immediately after Koos, EnEarl told the defendant, “You guys may have stepped in it this time, huh?”
Rodriguez’ response was inaudible.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Jackson told EnEarl the two men were codefendants last year in an alcohol possession case.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said last week the two men were arrested at Merrill Gardens after allegedly trying to break into cars parked in a Carson Valley Medical Center parking lot.
The incident happened at approximately 3 a.m.
Deputies arrested Koos near a pickup truck believed to belong to the pair in the Merrill Gardens parking lot.
Rodriguez was detained after allegedly entering two rooms at the assisted living center. Sheriff’s deputies said he had an envelope belonging to a female resident of the facility.
The two are also charged with taking two 18-packs of beer at a Gardnerville 7-11 about four hours prior to their Friday arrest.