Hearing continued for burglary suspect
January 3, 2014
A hearing was continued to Wednesday for a 21-year-old Gardnerville man who faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with burglaries at three local restaurants.
Lee Lawson, jailed on nearly $30,000 bail, is charged with three counts of felony burglary, felony possession of burglary tools, and misdemeanor counts of destruction of property and possession of stolen property.
The alleged break-ins occurred in December at Minden Meat and Deli, El Aguila Real, and Lentine's.
Lawson's court-appointed attorney, Derrick Lopez, asked East Fork Judge Tom Perkins on Friday for additional time while he awaits his client's video interview from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Lawson was arrested at 4:40 a.m. Dec. 19 by Sgt. Ron Elges after the officer observed Lawson walking on Highway 395 between Gilman and Douglas Avenue carrying a backpack that matched one in a video circulated following the burglary at the Minden deli.
Lawson told Elges he was walking home from his job on Airport Road. He said the backpack was heavy because there were coins in the bottom.
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Elges questioned him about the deli burglary, but Lawson said he had been sleeping when the crime took place.
According to reports, the deli burglar dumped a tip jar in the backpack.
A search of the backpack revealed coins, two screwdrivers, a hammer and beanie.
According to reports, Lawson confessed to the three burglaries, two of which were committed the day he was arrested.
Lawson's bail is $28,146.
He is accused of having a credit card reader stolen from the deli and of breaking glass doors at El Aguila Real and Lentine's.
■ A 24-year-old Gardnerville man, who received a suspended sentence for his part in a fight in September in the parking lot of the Tillman 7-Eleven, was ordered Friday to serve 20 days in jail because he drank on New Year's.
East Fork Judge Tom Perkins sent Jesus David Martinez to jail for 20 days for the probation violation.
"I got caught up with the whole New Year's and made the wrong choice," Martinez said.
He said his blood-alcohol content was .0519, below the legal limit for driving, but he was forbidden to consume any alcohol or controlled substances while on probation.
Prosecutor Rick Casper asked for the jail time because he said Martinez had a prior violation before he was sentenced. He said Martinez had been warned there would be "zero tolerance" for any violations.
Perkins said he would reinstate Martinez's probation.
He pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon and was given a two-year suspended sentence.
■ A former employee of Chevron is accused of stealing several bottles of liquor from the convenience store following his termination on Jan. 1.
According to reports, Trevor Jayms Lambert was seen on videotape taking multiple bottles of alcohol and passing them to friends. He was also observed putting a bottle in his backpack.
Lambert, 21, was charged with petit larceny and faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
He pleaded guilty to the charge Friday.
East Fork Judge Tom Perkins set sentencing for Jan. 22 to determine what restitution Lambert owes.
He told Perkins he had taken a bottle of liquor and "forgotten to pay for it. I accidentally stole it," he said.
Court documents indicate Lambert had stolen several items in the past from the store while he worked there. He was taken into custody Jan. 2 when he came in to pick up his final check.
■ A Topaz Ranch Estates man waived extradition Friday to Mono County to answer drug charges of which he said he was unaware.
Michael Patrick Braier, 29, is in Douglas County Jail on $30,000 bail.
East Fork Judge Tom Perkins gave Mono County authorities a week to pick him up, or Braier will return to court.
Court documents indicate he was arrested on a warrant alleging drug charges.
"I am the person they are looking for," Braier said. "Was I there when they searched the house? No. Was I aware of the charges? No."
Braier was taken into custody near his residence on Agate Road in Topaz Ranch Estates.