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Detectives seek owners of property seized in El Dorado County burglary arrest

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office seeks to reunite burglary victims with their missing property after seizing suspected stolen items following a recent arrest.

Detectives in recent months have investigated several burglaries and reported the arrest of four suspects. One suspect, Gary Joseph Masse, was paroled in July after serving prison time for a previous burglary conviction, a Sheriff’s Office news release states.

On Dec. 6, detectives found Masse at a residence on Baco Drive in Placerville. When Masse was arrested after trying to flee out the rear of the home, sheriff’s officials said he possessed a loaded handgun that later was identified as having been stolen in a residential burglary in neighboring Amador County.

Detectives also noted several items of suspected stolen property at the residence and obtained a search warrant for the premises. A subsequent search turned up numerous items that had been reported stolen in residential burglaries throughout El Dorado County, officials said. Numerous items of suspected stolen property also were seized, and some owners have yet to be identified. Stolen items include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, lockets, antique dolls and figurines, fishing and camping equipment, a matchbox car collection and laptop computers.

Among the most notable items are two U.S. Army dress green uniforms. One, belonging to an officer, bears the name “A. Kent” inside the jacket. The other is an enlisted uniform with Specialist 5 rank and a “1st Army” unit patch. The items also include World War II-era military dogtags or ID tags with the name “Alan Beattie Robertson.”

To date, sheriff’s officials said, Masse and alleged co-conspirators have been linked to approximately 15 residential burglaries. Detectives believe the suspects might be responsible for additional burglaries.

Investigators ask any recent theft or burglary victims, anyone who thinks the property might belong to them or someone they know, or anyone with additional information to call Detective James Peterson at (530) 642-4713.