A day laborer at the South Lake Tahoe Snowglobe festival is suspected of stealing 44 cellphones from the musical event’s lost and found.
Jermaine Williams, 38, of Reno was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of grand theft following a police investigation.
South Lake Tahoe police were called Jan. 1 to look into the pilfering of the cellphones, the day after the three-day festival ended. During the festival, cellphones lost by concert-goers were locked in a storage case kept at the Lake Tahoe Community College gym, the operation center for the event.
Police said that somebody allegedly saw Williams steal the cell phones from the gym and place them in a suitcase. During the police investigation, an officer spoke with Williams, whom police said admitted taking the cellphones.
He also gave the officer a suitcase containing 44 smart phones, all believed taken from the Snowglobe lost and found. The value of the recovered property was estimated at $17,000.
One theft victim told police that she called her phone and it was allegedly answered by Williams who told her to meet him by the Snowglobe stage where he would return her property for $20.
The officer also learned that other contract laborers from Reno had “misappropriated” other property from the lost and found. The officer, however, was not able to confirm that a crime was committed in the taking of those items, which included clothing.
The Snowglobe lost and found property is being held by police for safekeeping. Police are trying to find the rightful owners of the items.
Anyone who lost property at the festival may call (530) 542-6145.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.