TRUCKEE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two people are behind bars after fraudulently renting and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage at two vacation rental homes in the Tahoe basin, according to the Truckee Police Department.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office alerted Truckee Police that a vacation home in Incline Village had been recently rented for a number of days by a couple using a fraudulent credit card issued by a foreign country.
When the homeowners returned to the North Lake Tahoe property, they discovered major damage to the residence as well as theft of thousands of dollars worth of electronics and other valuables.
The property owners had reported approximately $75,000 worth of theft and damages. The rental company also reported that another expensive home in Truckee had been rented by a couple using the same fraudulent credit card.
On March 7, Truckee Police went to the residence located at the 12000 block of Rainbow Road. The occupants in the residence refused to come out of the home for over an hour.
The male occupant eventually exited the house and refused to speak with responding officers.
After an extensive investigation, officers arrested Alexander Silviera, 29, of Nevada and Haylay Brown, 21, of Oregon. Police say the two were both under the influence of heroine.
While inside the home, authorities located approximately $3,500 worth of stolen property which was returned to the owner.
Silviera and Brown were booked on the following charges: possessing stolen property, theft, providing false identification to a peace officer, and being under the influence of heroine.
More charges are pending out of Washoe County.