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Sacramento man in custody, two others sought in Tahoe City jewelry store burglary

A Sacramento man is in custody and two other suspects are being sought in connection with the early morning burglary of a Tahoe City jewelry store.

Placer County sheriff’s detectives arrested 20-year-old Michael Anthony Potter on suspicion of numerous offenses, including burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, evading officers and possession of a stolen vehicle.

At 5:55 a.m. Thursday, Detective John Riella saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the Bluestone Jewelry store at 495 North Lake Blvd., in Tahoe City at a high rate of speed. Moments earlier, he had heard a window breaking in the area of the store, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Riella attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away. Riella pursued the vehicle, using lights and siren, for about 4 miles. The vehicle then slowed, and two male passengers jumped out and ran away.

The vehicle eventually stopped near Alpine Meadows Road and Highway 89, and the driver, identified as Potter, was taken into custody. Sheriff’s officials said Potter was in possession of stolen jewelry and a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Further investigation showed that the Bluestone Jewlery store window had been smashed and a large amount of jewelry, valued at several thousand dollars, was taken. The vehicle involved had been stolen from a nearby neighborhood, sheriff’s officials said.

The sheriff’s office would like to speak with anyone who was in the area of Highway 99 and Rampart about 6 a.m. and who might have seen or provided a ride to two males. Both were wearing black clothing.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to call Detective Riella at (530) 581-6325.