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Officials hunt for burglary suspects

Witnesses saw two men at door, Cadillac Deville
By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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Law enforcement officials continued Tuesday to investigate multiple burglaries in rural Auburn areas that could be connected and say they have a lead in the case. "During a burglary on Bridgeview Drive one of the neighbors saw two men come to a door," said Detective Jim Hudson, of the Placer County Sheriff's Department. "About the same time another neighbor saw a champagne-colored Cadillac Deville in the driveway of the home." The car was backed into the driveway of Delores Sherman's Bridgeview Drive home that was burglarized of several items on Nov. 18, but none more important to her than a duffel bag full of family videos. Sherman left her home around 9:40 a.m. and said she forgot to lock the front door. This created an opportunity for thieves to make off with her family memories. She has since posted fliers around town asking for the safe return of the videos that documented her children's first steps, birthday and other milestones. "Unfortunately, they may have ended up in a dumpster somewhere," said Lt. Jeff Ausnow of the Placer County Sheriff's Department. "It's very sad. Those are irreplaceable items." Law enforcement officials are looking for a white male, 18 to 20 years old, 5-foot-8 inches tall, weighing about 175 pounds. The other man is described as a Hispanic male, 18 to 20 years old, 5-foot-8 inches tall, 185 pounds. Hudson said the two men rang the doorbell of a Bridgeview Drive home to see if someone was at home. "They said they were looking for a lost dog," he said. "They leave and about the same time another neighbor sees the Cadillac in the driveway." Sherman isn't the only Bowman-area resident who has been a victim of a recent burglary. Jim Arbogast, owner of Arbogast Body and Paint on Lincoln Way, had his nearby Edgehill Lane home burglarized the same day. The thieves got away with a computer and a couple of credit cards, but left jewelry and cash behind, he said. In the recent burglaries it appears as if the suspects are looking for computers, credit cards and checks as well as jewelry. "The deputies on scene believe they could be related because of the time they all occurred and the close proximity," Hudson said. He asks that if anyone sees something suspicious in their neighborhood they call local law enforcement. "In all cases if you can safely obtain a license plate we would encourage them to do so," Hudson said. "We encourage citizens to be good witnesses but not to get involved to avoid potential danger." Law enforcement officials warn residents to take precautions year-round, but especially during the holiday seasons. "We always encourage people to secure their homes but with the holidays approaching burglars will be out in force," said Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff's Department. "Especially this time of year it is recommended that everyone secure their homes and their vehicles." As for those who lost belongings in this recent rash of burglaries, there is hope that some items might be found and returned. Ausnow said that whenever a report of stolen property is taken by a deputy, the information is logged into a stolen property system. "If one of our patrol officers makes a stop and finds a DVD player in the back of a car he can run the serial number to see if it comes back stolen," Ausnow said. "It will only be things that are unique or have identifying numbers that will show up." He suggests taking a day or two and videotaping property of value and adding an identifying number to items that do not have serial numbers. "Use your driver's license number or telephone number so we can run a possible stolen item and see who it belongs to," Ausnow said. Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the Placer County Sheriff's Department at (530) 886-5375. Another rash of burglaries in 2006 in the Auburn area resulted in the arrest of Juan Ledesma, also known as the pillow case burglar. He pleaded no contest to 18 felony counts and is serving 67 years in prison for the crimes. The Journal's Penne Usher can be reached at penneu@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment on auburnjournal.com. .