Trailhead Burglaries

Trailhead Burglaries
Posted on 05/26/2020
Trailhead Burglaries

Minden, NV- Between May 16th and May 23rd, 2020 six vehicle burglaries occurred at trailhead parking areas around Douglas County.  Four of the vehicle burglaries occurred at trailheads at Lake Tahoe and two vehicle burglaries occurred at trailheads in the Carson Valley.

The suspects in the vehicle burglaries stole cash and credit cards and then used the victim’s credit cards at local stores immediately after the burglaries to purchase gift cards among other items.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Investigators obtained video of the suspects using the credit cards during a number of the transactions.

On Sunday, May 24th, 2020 DCSO Investigators set up surveillance at a number of trailheads around Douglas County and within an hour the suspects were spotted casing vehicles at the Jacks Valley trailhead parking area.  The suspects were followed away from Jacks Valley and a traffic stop was initiated when the suspect vehicle entered Carson City.  A search warrant was executed on the suspect’s vehicle and Investigators located a set of sophisticated vehicle burglary tools and over $6,000 in gift cards.

The suspects were arrested and are currently charged with four counts of vehicle burglary and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Description of those arrested:                    

  • Carolyn Brinkman a 33 year old female who lists an address in Newark, CA.
  • Harvis Berry a 35 year old male who lists an address in Elk Gove, CA.

Bail was set for both suspects at $112,000 each.