Property Recovered From El Dorado County Burglaries: Is it Yours?

Stolen medals. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff's Department

If you had something stolen in the series of El Dorado County burglaries in recent months, the sheriff’s department might have something that belongs to you.

Authorities have a cache of stolen property recovered in several recent arrests, and are looking for its rightful owners.

Among the items the sheriff’s department recovered: WWII-era dogtags with the name Alan Beattie Robertson, and two U.S. Army dress uniforms.

A uniform recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.

A uniform recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

“One belonging to an officer, marked on the interior of the jacket with the name ‘A. Kent,’ ” the sheriff’s department said in a press release. “The second, an enlisted uniform with specialist 5 rank and ‘1st Army’ unit patch.”

The sheriff’s department also recovered laptop computers, jewelry, antique dolls, a Matchbox car collection, fishing and camping equipment and more.

A uniform recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.

A uniform recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

Some of the items reportedly taken during El Dorado County burglaries were recovered during a series of arrests earlier in December. One of four suspects arrested on burglary charges was Gary Joseph Masse, who tried to run from authorities during a Dec. 6 arrest at a Baco Road home in Placerville, the press release states.

Masse was released on parole in July after serving time on a previous burglary conviction, the sheriff’s department said. When he was arrested, he was found with a loaded gun reported stolen in an Amador County burglary, according to the press release.

“To date Masse and his co-conspirators have been linked to approximately 15 residential burglaries; however detectives are confident that many more will to be tied to this group of suspects before the investigation is complete,” the department said in the press release.

A uniform recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.

A uniform recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

A military hat recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.

A military hat recovered during an arrest of a suspected burglar. Courtesy El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

After Masse was arrested, authorities found some items they suspected were stolen in El Dorado County burglaries and obtained a warrant to search the property, the press release said. That search led to many of the items the department is now trying to reunite with their rightful owners.

A separate trio of suspected burglars were arrested earlier this month in Georgetown, and found with a large amount of stolen property. The sheriff’s department says in recent months, the county has seen an “increasingly high volume of residential burglaries.”

If you think the department might have something belonging to you, the sheriff’s department asks you call Detective James Peterson at 530-642-4713.

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