Two Gardnerville teens arrested for burglaries
Two Gardnerville teen-agers were arrested Monday in connection with a string of burglaries.
Wesley James Bowler, 18, and and Joshua Slater, 17, were discovered at the scene by deputies who were contacted by a business owner about the break-ins.
The boys were arrested in connection with a break-in at the Season’s Ticket bar on the corner of Highway 395 and Eddy Street in Gardnerville about midnight. They reportedly entered the rear door of the bar and removed a large carton of liquor. Then, they entered an unlocked vehicle parked in front of Nanosecond, Inc. on Industrial Way and stole camping equipment, stereo equipment, tools and CDs.
A Nanosecond employee who was working late discovered his car had been entered and called police about 2 a.m. The suspects’ vehicle was located at about 3:30 a.m. by police who searched the area. The stolen items were in a car that was parked at another business on Industrial Way.
Officer Joseph Duffy and his K-9, Kilo, were called and Kilo tracked the suspects, who had been hiding in a Dumpster, then ran behind a fence near Custom Countertops when deputies arrived. The boys were taken into custody without incident at about 4:30 a.m.
Mike Schiller, owner of Golden Nugget Automotive, also had his car broken into, but said everything was recovered. Schiller, who has operated his business on Industrial Way for seven years, also sits on the board of directors of the Industrial Park Association.
He said anyone considering burlarizing the area should think again.
“This is the second time we’ve had thieves here. There are people out there working 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We watch out for each other. Last time this happened, we put up reward money and it worked,” Schiller said.
Bowler is charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and minor in possession of alcohol. He is in the Douglas County Jail and bail was set at $102,500. His initial hearing is set for today at 2 p.m. in East Fork Justice Court.
Joshua Slater is charged with three counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, petty larceny, minor in possession of alcohol and curfew violation. He was being held in the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility in Stateline until his initial hearing Tuesday. If juvenile probation approves house arrest with proper supervision, he will be released. He will be arraigned July 25 in juvenile court before Judge David Gamble.