Suspects arrested in San Andreas burglaries

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By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Two San Andreas residents who were wanted in connection with what police say was a six-year run of burglaries in Calaveras County have been booked into the county jail.

George Glessman, 47, and Lindsey Blackledge, 19, are suspected of burglary and receiving stolen property, both felonies.

Arrest warrants were issued in mid-January, after the sheriff's department uncovered more than $20,000 worth of stolen tools, jewelry and other items in a house the two rented at 184 St. Charles St.

Glessman was arrested at 9:30 a.m. yesterday at Highway 49 and Vista Verde in San Andreas, after being pulled over while driving a car that had been reported stolen.

Blackledge was arrested at 12:05 a.m. Saturday on Main Street in Angels Camp.

Bail was set at $100,000 each.

When the stolen property was found, investigators first believed the burglaries occurred within the past two years. That idea changed, however, when representatives of the San Andreas Sanitation District looking through the loot recovered drill bits and power tools stolen from the district as far back as six years ago.

Most of the items found in the San Andreas house were tools and jewelry. However, deputies also found a stamp collection and an antique clock, valued at more than $5,000 each, as well as $6,000 worth of items from Grandma Mack Antiques and Mother Lode Antiques and another $2,000 worth of tools, nozzles, hoses, lights and tanks from the San Andreas Fire Department.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Detective Chris Villegas said the value of the items recovered has almost reached $30,000. He said he believes more than $20,000 worth of fire department gear was once stashed at the house, but has already been sold elsewhere.

"George is cooperating with us very nicely," Villegas said. "Today he is going to be helping us retrieve additional stolen property that we don't know about so we can get it back to the owners."

The sheriff's department began receiving tips about the burglaries in mid-November.

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