Juvenile brothers arrested in vehicle burglaries
January 20, 2011
Two teenage brothers were arrested Tuesday for a rash of vehicle burglaries in the Gardnerville Ranchos over the last two months.
Sgt. Jim Halsey said the 17- and 15-year-old suspects were in the custody of Douglas County Juvenile Probation. Names were withheld because of their ages.
He said an anonymous tip that the suspects suddenly came into possession of expensive electronic items and other property helped lead to their arrest after several weeks of investigation.
Halsey said Deputy Ron Skibinski, School Resource Officer John Meyer and Investigator Jon Storke worked together to investigate and solve the case.
Halsey said the burglaries began in November and occurred through January. The suspects reportedly targeted unlocked and unsecured vehicles parked in the Ranchos.
Stolen items included a firearm, digital cameras, MP3 players, GPS units, a laptop computer, loose currency and change.
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Halsey said most of the victims have been identified and the property returned – including the firearm.
“Remaining are several items of property that have not been identified as belonging to a specific victim or owner,” Halsey said.
Anyone who has been a victim of a vehicle burglary in the Gardnerville Ranchos or surrounding residential neighborhoods in the last two months is asked to call the DCSO Investigations Division at 782-9905 to describe the property for possible identification.