An Antioch man linked to burglaries in El Dorado Hills and Folsom was arrested Tuesday following a pursuit along Highway 50.
El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of the El Dorado Hills Sports Club after a man reportedly burglarized a vehicle by smashing a window. A witness followed the suspect, providing deputies with information about the suspect’s vehicle and its direction of travel, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
The suspect violated numerous traffic laws as he traveled from El Dorado County into Sacramento County, fleeing from the witness, sheriff’s officials said.
The Sheriff’s Office alerted other area law enforcement agencies, and the California Highway Patrol spotted the vehicle westbound on Highway 50 near Watt Avenue. When the CHP initiated a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle turned into a motel parking lot near Stockton Boulevard. The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Laronte Studesville of Antioch, was arrested after he got out of the vehicle and tried to run away.
El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives arrived to continue their burglary investigation and found numerous stolen items in Studesville’s vehicle, including credit cards, cash and a computer, sheriff’s officials said. They traced some of the items to a burglary that had occurred at the Palladio in Folsom just minutes before the vehicle burglary at the El Dorado Hills Sports Club.
Investigators determined that the license plates on Studesville’s vehicle had been covered with phony paper license plates. Studesville also was in possession of a punch tool and a screwdriver, sheriff’s officials said.
Studesville was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of numerous felony and misdemeanor offenses, including burglary, mail theft, identity theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property. He was released on bail the same day.
As of Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said, the recovered property had been returned to the owners.