Teens arrested for car burglaries
teen-agerss were arrested in connection with astring of vehicle burglaries in Gardnerville and the Ranchos, said Sgt. Lance Modispacher of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Friday.
Deputies recovered property worth $4,000.
Evan Matthew Dykes, 18, a resident of Gardnerville was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of vehicle burglary and one count of possession of stolen property.
Dykes listed his occupation as a cook at a Minden restaurant.
Christopher Delano Marsh, 19, a resident of Gardnerville, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of burglary and one count of conspiracy.
Marsh listed his occupation as an unemployed dishwasher.
The two suspects appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Friday and were released from jail on their own recognizance.
Attorney Tod Young was appointed to represent Dykes and attorney Pat Gilbert will represent Marsh.
The felony burglaries were reported between July and October. The locations of the burglaries were Douglas Avenue in Gardnerville, Kim Court, Muir Drive, Selkirk Circle and Mary Jo Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos.
Property recovered from the burglaries included vehicle stereo equipment and tools valued at $4,000, the report said.
“The sheriff’s department received information from alert and concerned citizens regarding the suspects in possession of possible stolen property,” Modispacher said. “Investigators were able to contact the suspects and learned that they were responsible for several crimes.”
All of the vehicles were left unlocked by the victims, a practice Modispaher said it “all too common.”
“It is strongly suggested that crime prevention become a household practice,” he said.
The Sheriff’s Office recommends the following measures to help residents be proactive and help prevent similar crimes in the future:
n Lock your homes, sheds, vehicles and garages. Do not leave items such as bicycles in the front yard or driveway.
n Leave outside lights, front and back, on all night. Take care that lights do not shine in your neighbor’s window. This is very inexpensive insurance.
n Do not leave valuables in view in your vehicle – even items such as sunglasses, coins, cigarettes, C.s, tools, radar detectors, phones, etc. These items will only entice someone to enter your vehicle.
n Report suspicious persons and vehicles.
n Report barking dogs who are usually quiet unless someone is in the area. Report unusual sounds, such as breaking glass or other sounds which may be someone entering a residence.
n Report juveniles out after curfew. Curfew is 10 p.m. on school nights and 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
n Talk to your neighbors about watching each other’s property. Become good witnesses for your sheriff’s department.
n Contact the DCSO for information regarding the Neighborhood Watch program, 782-9931.