Suspect may be connected to rash of Tahoe robberies
December 25, 2004
An armed robbery at the front desk of a South Lake Tahoe inn might be connected to five similar incidents over the past six weeks in the Stateline area, according to authorities.
The latest robbery occurred Wednesday at 10:46 p.m. when a man entered Inn by the Lake and demanded money from the front desk clerk, said South Lake Tahoe police Detective Jeff Reagan.
The man placed a gun on the counter, pointing it at the clerk. He brought a paper bag to carry an undisclosed amount of money outside, where he drove off in a dark blue or black four-door Volkswagen sedan, possibly a Passat or Jetta, Reagan said.
A witness said the car went eastbound along Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
A gray scarf hid the man’s face from the nose down. The robber used the hood of a gray hooded jacket to cover his head.
“We’re pretty thin on this right now,” Reagan said. “It seems like it’s the same person in most of these.”
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Despite the coverage, authorities believe it is the same man who has approached lone walkers in the Stateline area, demanding purses or wallets while showing a gun.
Wednesday night was the first time the suspect has robbed a business. Robberies have occurred in the dark, either during the early morning or late at night.
Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Britton thinks it might be the same man who robbed a woman of her purse at Stateline on Dec. 9. The robber tried to take a man’s wallet but the man refused and walked back into a casino.
Both Reagan and Britton advised people to walk in pairs and stay in people-crowded areas.
“Typically (robberies) happens in a secluded parking lot, away from witnesses and cameras,” Britton said.
The robber is described as 25 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-10 inches tall and having a thin build of 170 pounds. His eyes are blue or hazel.
Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to contact Detective Reagan at (530) 542-6100 or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6805. Secret Witness offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect.
Dates and locations of robberies:
Dec. 22 at Inn by the Lake, 3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Dec. 21 at rear parking lot of Crescent V shopping center
Dec. 19 along Primrose Road
Dec. 9 at parking lots of two Stateline casinos
Dec. 6 at Shephards Drive and Pioneer Trail
Nov. 9 at Keller Road and Pioneer Trail