Men admit burglary, robbery attempt |

Men admit burglary, robbery attempt

by Sheila Gardner

Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges they attempted to rob a convenience store with a BB gun, and stole coins from a Gardnerville laundry.

Angel Razo-Ortega, 25, and Tanner Cooper, 21, both pleaded guilty to burglary and attempted robbery.

In exchange for their guilty pleas, the district attorney’s office has agreed to recommend probation which could include up to a year in Douglas County Jail.

They face a maximum of up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

District Judge Tod Young set sentencing for Nov. 19.

They won’t be charged with passing fraudulent checks at Sharkey’s and Carson Valley Inn, but agreed to pay $461.42 restitution. They also agreed not to request a diversion program.

If either man has a prior burglary conviction, he is ineligible for probation.

According to court documents, investigators received information that someone named Angel was responsible for the Aug. 9 robbery attempt at Sierra Market in Gardnerville. They connected that information to a fraudulent Walmart check cashed at Sharkey’s, which led them to Razo-Ortega.

He told investigators Cooper gave him $20 to buy a BB gun and the two parked in front of the market for an hour on Aug. 9 while Razo-Ortega built up the courage to go into the store.

When the clerk refused to give him any money and then grabbed for the gun, Razo-Ortega struggled to get it back and then ran out of the store.

Cooper allegedly admitted to investigators that he cased the store and drove Razo-Ortega there to rob it, but that he didn’t believe his codefendant would go through with the crime.

According to the sheriff’s reports, both men allegedly burglarized the Village Laundrette after the robbery and spent the money on drugs.

They are in Douglas County Jail on $50,000 bail each.

Young declined Tuesday to allow Cooper out of jail on his own recognizance for a week “so he could put his affairs in order.”

Cooper’s lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client was having trouble getting his last paycheck from Walmart, and wanted to make sure his family was taken care of before sentencing.

Young refused to lower the bail.