Suspects caught in recent burglaries
Two Gardnerville men were arrested Thursday, accused of the attempted burglary of a convenience store, a laundromat burglary, and five vehicle break-ins.
Sheriff Ron Pierini said Angel Razo-Ortega, 25, and Tanner Cooper, 21, were in Douglas County Jail on $75,000 bail each.
Both are charged with attempted robbery, burglary and conspiracy.
On Aug. 9, Pierini said, Razo-Ortega fled from the Sierra Market in Gardnerville after being thwarted by a clerk who refused to give him any money.
He reportedly entered the store, produced a BB handgun, and demanded the clerk fill a bag with money.
“He brandished the firearm at the clerk who refused to give him the money. The clerk tried to grab the weapon, but during the struggle, the suspect held on to it. He continued to point the weapon at the clerk and said, ‘I don’t want to shoot you,’” Pierini said.
After the clerk refused to give Razo-Ortega any money, he ran out of the store. He was not accompanied by Cooper, but the sheriff said they conspired to commit the burglary.
After midnight, Tanner and Razo-Ortega are accused of burglarizing a nearby Gardnerville laundromat of an undisclosed amount of money.
The pair is also accused of five vehicle burglaries in Mackland and Chichester Estates.
Pierini said items stolen from the vehicles included change, currency, cell phones and other electronic devices.
Pierini credited investigators Ted Jasperson and Brian Hubkey with developing leads on the suspects which led to their arrests.
Pierini said Razo-Ortega reportedly admitted the crime, and revealed the weapon was a BB gun.
The sheriff said the two will appear Monday for arraignment in East Fork Justice Court, and he expected additional charges would be filed.
Pierini did not disclose how much money was taken, but said the pair admitted spending it on methamphetamine. No money was recovered from the laundromat burglary.
“We’re dealing with drug issues,” Pierini said. “That is what their problem was. That’s why as a department, we have two task forces related to these types of crimes.”
Anyone who has been the victim of a vehicle burglary in those residential areas in the past few months, and not reported the crime should contact sheriff’s office investigations at 782-9905.