Arrest in brazen '3 bears' burglary

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Residents of a Foresthill home returned to find their house burglarized and a vehicle stolen, leading to an arrest of a suspect this month.

According to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office report issued this week, the crimes took place in the fall and an arrest in North Auburn happened this month.

The victims had gone on vacation out of the country. When they came back, they found their house had been burglarized and ransacked, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Suspicion was eventually cast on an Auburn-area transient who had worked at a neighboring home in October.

The burglar had slept in a child’s bed at the vacant house, did laundry and moved belongings around. Clothes and a victim’s vehicle were reported missing, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Arrested Jan. 17 on suspicion of burglary and auto theft was 31-year-old Catrina Reynolds. She has since been released, jail records show.

Before the arrest, the Sheriff’s Office reported Reynolds was spotted by the victims in Auburn wearing clothing stolen in the burglary.

Reynolds was arrested after a deputy found her near the homeless shelter in North Auburn. Reynolds was not a shelter resident, the Sheriff’s Office said.