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Baby accompanied suspects during alleged vehicle burglaries in El Dorado Hills

Bobbie Ritola
Bobbie Ritola El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

A Folsom woman admitted that she had her 6-month-old baby in tow while she and two men allegedly burglarized vehicles in El Dorado Hills, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Bobbie Ritola was arrested Friday after sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a vehicle burglary in progress on Wildridge Drive in El Dorado Hills. The victim spotted a man in his vehicle and chased him, according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. A second suspect, a woman later identified as Ritola, approached, picked up the stolen property and tried to flee with it, but the victim tackled her and detained her until deputies arrived.

Ritola told deputies that her male friends left the area with her child after they were confronted by the victim. She said they were staying in a hotel room in Folsom, the news release said.

Deputies, assisted by Folsom police, went to the hotel and located 29-year-old Kalen White of Citrus Heights and 37-year-old Jereme Hale of Placerville in the room along with Ritola’s child. They also found drug paraphernalia, including uncapped hypodermic needles, a stun gun, pepper spray and a large amount of property suspected of being stolen, the news release said.

Sheriff’s detectives arrived and searched the hotel room. During the investigation, they learned that the property they recovered was linked to thefts and burglaries in El Dorado, Sacramento and Placer counties, according to the news release.

Detectives interviewed the suspects and confirmed that the infant was present when the crimes were committed, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

All three were arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, conspiracy and child endangerment. Ritola and White also are accused of unlawful use of tear gas, and Hale is accused of being a felon in possession of a stun gun.

The infant was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy