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December 27, 2013
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Sheriff seeks owners of stolen property

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify the owners of stolen property recovered after arresting four people linked to burglaries at about 15 homes throughout the county.

One of the burglary suspects is Gary Joseph Masse. Masse was paroled in July after serving time for a burglary conviction. When arrested with three other suspects at a home on Baco Road in Placerville in early December, Masse had a loaded handgun stolen from a home in Amador County, according to the sheriff’s office.

The identities of the other suspects are yet to be released.

Investigators say they are confident more burglaries will be tied to this group of suspects before the investigation is complete.

Some owners of recovered stolen property are yet to be identified. Items recovered from the suspects include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, lockets, antique dolls and figurines, fishing and camping gear, Matchbox cars and laptop computers.

Most notable are two U.S. Army dress uniforms, ste sheriff’s office said.

One of uniforms belonged to an officer, marked inside with the name “A. Kent.” The other is an enlisted uniform with specialist 5 rank and “1st Army” patch. Also located were World War II-era dog tags with the name Alan Beattie Robertson.

Investigators are asking recent victims of recent thefts and burglaries to contact the sheriff’s office if they believe any of the property may belong to them or to someone they know, of if they have any additional information about the crimes.

Call Detective James Peterson at 530-642-4713.


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