Second arrest made in burglary

By Alex MacLean, The Union Democrat

A second suspect has been arrested in the burglary of an industrial business near Jamestown that was reported in the early morning hours of Sept. 25.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office announced that detectives arrested Brian Marc Paul Jr., 35, of Copperopolis, on suspicion of burglary in connection with the theft of more than $10,000 worth of tools and equipment from George Reed Construction on O'Byrnes Ferry Road.

Sheriff's detectives served a search warrant at Paul's residence on Sept. 27 and found stolen items from the business, the announcement said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Wilson said items recovered at Paul's residence included an air compressor, power inverters, halogen lights and a bag containing parts to a plasma cutter.

The Sheriff's Office said an employee at a neighboring business called to report a possible burglary after finding the fence cut and a George Reed truck on the property at 4 a.m.

Sheriff's deputies investigating the incident determined George Reed had been burglarized and another truck was still missing.

Later that day, state parole officers and Sonora police conducted a routine search of parolee Ervie "Scooter" Smith's residence on Stockton Road.

The search uncovered multiple items that had George Reed markings on them. An employee from the business responded to the scene and confirmed the items were among the stolen property.

More stolen property was later located at a separate Jamestown residence, according to authorities. The missing truck, a 2005 Ford F150 pickup with George Reed decals, still had not been found as of Monday, Wilson said.

Smith, 36, was arrested on suspicion of theft and burglary charges related to the burglary as well as several drug charges.

According to the Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office, Smith was arraigned while in custody at Tuolumne County Jail on Sept. 27, where he pleaded not guilty and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 10.

Smith was being held Monday in jail on a no-bail hold for a suspected parole violation.

Jail officials said Paul was released after posting $15,000 bail. There was not a scheduled date for his arraignment as of Monday.

The Union Democrat
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