Female burglary ring nabbed with thousands in local loot

Lone male reported as foursome's leader
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Four local residents are facing charges of numerous resident and car burglaries, including cars parked at Auburn trailheads. The ring of alleged burglars includes four women and their male leader. As of Monday the Sheriff’s Office had arrested Stephanie Jean Cooke-Perez, 27, Jayme Lynn Salcedo, 33, Karissa Dawn Yeager, 27, and Joseph William Einspahr, 30. Amanda Jojo, 21, is still at-large and wanted for burglary charges, according to the Sheriff’s Office. According to Detective Jim Hudson with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, all suspects are from the Auburn and Colfax area. Hudson said the four were arrested last week and have been connected to 10 burglaries so far. The Sheriff’s Office charged Cooke-Perez with burglary, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and committing a felony while out on bail. She is being held without bail because of a parole violation. Einspahr was arrested on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and committing a felony while out on bail. He is being held in Placer County Jail with a $115,000 bail. The alleged burglary ring is not connected to Lonnie Michael Flashman and Amy Kathleen Hoffman-Draper, who were arrested Oct. 30 in Sacramento County. Flashman and Hoffman-Draper have also been charged with multiple burglaries, including some in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Hudson said the burglaries have been going on for three to four months, and the ring allegedly hit trailheads in the Auburn State Recreation Area and several North Auburn residences. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of electronics and jewelry were recovered upon the arrests, Hudson said. “We have so much property left,” he said. “We are still trying to identify where it came from.” David Broady, a deputy district attorney for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, said Einspahr, Salcedo and Yeager are facing previous charges of burglary, identity theft, receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. Jojo is facing previous charges of burglary and identity theft. The charges date back to August. Einspahr is also charged with a misdemeanor of child abuse or neglect. The District Attorney’s Office charged Einspahr and Cooke-Perez last week with receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamine, felonies. They were also charged with a misdemeanor of possessing drug paraphernalia, Broady said. Cooke-Perez and Einspahr are expected in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Auburn’s Placer County Jail courtroom for an early status conference. A victim from an Oct. 27 residential burglary, who lives off Dry Creek Road and didn’t want her name used, said the Sheriff’s Office found some of her property. “They pretty much recovered my costume jewelry,” she said. “It was just the cheaper stuff we got back.” The victim said burglars stole about $3,500 worth of jewelry, cash and a gun from her home. “Jewelry was the big thing,” she said. “They absolutely cleaned me out. They found the jewelry wherever I had it.” The resident said she is relieved now that the arrests have been made. “When you have been burglarized, there is a sense of violation,” she said. “And you feel scared even in your own home. We sleep better at night (now).” The Sheriff’s Office told her there is a 50 percent chance she will get the rest of her property back, because the suspects use stolen property to buy drugs, the resident said. Eric Peach, a representative of Protect American River Canyons, said he was happy to hear about the arrests. “I think that is good news they caught these guys,” Peach said. “It’s really a sinking feeling to come back to your car and find it’s been broken into. We have had that happen a couple times.” Peach said the organization encourages those who visit the canyon to not leave valuables in their car, or at least keep them out of sight. Hudson said locking doors reduces crime 20 to 30 percent. “We just ask people not to leave stuff in their cars,” he said. “Be careful of your surroundings. We ask people to take due diligence. If people just locked their houses I would be really happy.” Reach Bridget Jones at