Three Georgetown residents who were suspected in a string of burglaries in El Dorado County were arrested earlier this week, after authorities tracked down a stolen car, and found a home filled with stolen items.
“The amount of stolen property recovered was so great, it took seven detectives all day to process,” said Lt. Tim Becker with El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
Ryann Jana Leidel, 32, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessng of narcotics and evading police. Jeri Acuna, 37, was booked into the El Dorado County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of receiving stolen property, vehicle theft, and two outstanding felony warrants. Tommie Richard Stover, 32, was also being held at the jail Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon and violation of parole.
Acuna was released from El Dorado County Jail on Wednesday, while Stover remained in custody Thursday. No information was available on Leidel.
The investigation that led to the arrests began Dec. 4, when El Dorado County Sheriff deputies on patrol spotted a stolen vehicle parked at a Georgetown business. The patrol officer notified detectives, who learned that the stolen vehicle was associated with a Georgetown resident.
At about the same time, patrol deputies went to a home off of Wentworth Springs Road in Georgetown to look for a wanted felon, noticed there appeared to be stolen items on the property, and notified detectives.
On Tuesday, El Dorado Sheriff’s office received a report that a suspicious vehicle was parked behind the same home on Wentworth Springs Road. Investigators determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the California Highway Patrol. The same day, a search warrant was executed on the Wentworth Springs Road and the surrounding property.
Investigators found hundreds of items that had either had been stolen or were supsected of having been stolen, and the trio were arrested at the home.
So far, some of the items were linked to four burglaries and one auto theft. The burglaries stretched from the Pollock Pines/ Camino areas, through Placerville and into the outlying areas of Georgetown. Items whose owners could be identifed were returned to them. The remaining items had to be taken in a box truck and housed in a storage facility.
The sheriff’s office plans to continue its investigation and try to identify additional victims.
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