Suspects held in TRE burglaries
January 13, 2011
Two men were taken into custody this week in connection with burglaries in Topaz Ranch Estates after one of them reportedly signed his own name to a pawn shop ticket and was videotaped completing the transaction.
Jakob Chester Green 22, of Gardnerville was charged with burglary and possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $35,500 for Green who is on probation for a prior offense.
Adam William Westmark, 21, of Topaz Ranch Estates, was charged with burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property. Westmark’s bail is $10,000.
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.
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They are to appear Friday in East Fork Justice Court.
Sheriff’s Capt. John Milby said the two men are suspects in one business and four residential burglaries in the TRE area.
Milby said investigators Jon Storke and Brian Hubkey had been “working around-the-clock” on the burglaries which officers believe occurred in December and early January.
“They’ve recovered a ton of property, worth $15,000-$20,000,” Milby said.
Investigators recovered a wood splitter, plasma cutter, a water pump that belonged to Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District, DVDs and other tools, Milby said.
“Their motivation seemed to be to get heroin and other drugs,” Milby said. “They were stealing stuff, selling it and buying drugs.”
Milby said the recovered items had been matched with the owners.
“It looks like all the victims were in TRE, but there could be others,” he said. “We’re still rounding it up.”
He said one victim had not reported the burglary.
For information, or to report a loss, contact Storke at 782-9905.