Lawyers appointed for burglary suspects |

Lawyers appointed for burglary suspects

by Sheila Gardner

Lawyers were appointed today for three men accused of committing unrelated burglaries in Topaz Ranch Estates.

East Fork Justice Tom Perkins appointed Kris Brown to represent Thomas Darter, 19, of Gardnerville, accused of felony burglary, destruction of property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Darter, jailed on $6,000 bail, is accused of breaking into Topaz Joe’s on Nov. 29 with a 17-year-old accomplice.

Lawyer Derrick Lopez was appointed for Jakob Green, 22, of Gardnerville, charged with burglary and possession of stolen property.

Green’s bail is $35,500.

Co-defendant Adam Westmark, 21, of Topaz Ranch Estates, is to be represented by lawyer Tod Young.

Westmark, jailed on $10,000 bail, is charged with burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Each suspect said under oath he was indigent and couldn’t afford to hire a lawyer.

The three are to return to court Wednesday with their attorneys.

According to reports, Darter and the juvenile used a crowbar to gain entry to the bar and reportedly took alcohol.

Green and Westmark are charged in a separate offense.

They were arrested after a victim tracked a $1,400 plasma cutter to a Carson City pawn shop. According to reports, Westmark signed for the ticket and was recorded on the store videotape.

He was paid $100 for the tool which he allegedly split with Green.

Green is accused of acting as lookout for the burglaries.

Green and Westmark are suspects in one business and four residential burglaries in the TRE area, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Between $15,000-$20,000 in stolen tools and miscellaneous items have been recovered, but authorities believe there may be more victims and unreported robberies that occurred in December and early January.

Investigators recovered a wood splitter, plasma cutter, a water pump that belonged to Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District, DVDs and other tools.

Capt. John Milby said Green and Westmark reportedly were stealing items to support addictions to heroin and other drugs.

For information, or to report a loss, contact Investigator Jon Storke at 782-9905.