STARS on educate public about home burglaries |

STARS on educate public about home burglaries

Gregory Crofton

Burglaries are committed by professional criminals only 20 percent of the time, according to statistics released by El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

And burglars are opportunists who often look to steal weapons, prescription drugs, money, jewelry, electronic equipment and other quick-sell items.

Starting this week, the STARs, Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees, will deliver 4,000 fliers to educate South Shore county residents about the crime of burglary.

The STARs are people age 50 and older who volunteer at least 16 hours each week to assist the sheriff’s department.

They can be seen helping to direct traffic at the scene of a wreck or working at a special events, such as the The Valhalla Renaissance Festival. STARs also own a marked Jeep with which they patrol county streets, beach areas, campgrounds and make vacation checks.

Right now there are 28 STARs. Recruitment applications for next year’s group are due in November.

Deputy Tim Mazzoni, supervisor of the STARs, said an ideal membership for the group would be 30 to 35.

“We are the eyes and ears of the Sheriff,” said Joe Cimino, a STAR assistant station leader who has been a volunteer for four years. “We stay a distance away and get in touch with central dispatch. When they see us they usually back off with the activity. It becomes a deterrent.”

To apply for a job as a STAR, call (530) 573-3005. To report a burglary or a suspicious car or person in the county call (530) 573-3000.

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