Attempted Twain Harte burglar arrested

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Escalon man Sunday morning believed to be responsible for a spate of burglaries of residences on Mother Lode Drive near downtown Twain Harte on Saturday.

A resident returned to his home on the 18000 block of Mother Lode Drive about 8 p.m. Saturday and confronted a man standing on his property.

The homeowner asked the man what he was doing there, and the man claimed he was waiting on a ride from a friend. He then fled, but the homeowner was able to get a picture of him and provided the photo to law enforcement.

The homeowner discovered later a stack of his property outside of the house. According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, an additional call came in at 9:02 p.m. from a Mother Lode Drive homeowner who said he would not enter his home because of a suspected burglary, and an officer-initiated investigation of a burglary on the same street just after 10:30 p.m.

Both of the other homes also had property stacked in front of them, Benson said, indicating to deputies that the man had been interrupted by the first homeowner.

Sgt. Andrea Benson said she did not yet have a list of the items removed from the homes, and added that the Sheriff’s Office would not release information about whether the homes were full-time or vacation residences.

Officials searched for the man that evening and, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s logs, a “subject deputies were looking for” was seen leaving the 7-11 on Joaquin Gully Road without shoes in the direction of a downtown bar.

The man was found after 9 a.m. the next morning at the 7-11, where he was placed under arrest.

Bret Lee Snider, 49, a painter from Escalon, was booked on suspicion of three counts of burglary as well as out-of-county warrants for failure to appear on grand theft, bringing drugs into a jail, and driving on a suspended license charges.

Snider was booked on a total $220,000 bail and remained in the Tuolumne County Jail Monday afternoon.

Woman connected with Strawberry burglary, credit card fraud arrested

A woman believed to be involved with a Jan. 24 burglary at a home in Strawberry and making more than $2,000 in fraudulent charges on a stolen credit card was arrested early Saturday morning at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne after fleeing deputies at Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown.

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies previously identified an unknown man as responsible for a residential burglary on Pine Avenue, where a set of keys, two firearms, a Husqvarna chain saw, two boxes of .357 ammunition and two credit cards were stolen.

One of those credit cards was used to incur over $2,000 in charges at the Sonora Walmart, at the 7-11 and McDonalds in Oakdale, and in Cold Springs.

A vehicle believed to be associated with the male suspect, a 2006 silver Chrysler 300, was spotted by deputies patrolling in the area of Jamestown, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release said.

A woman was seen by casino security entering the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown after exiting the vehicle, Sgt. Andrea Benson said. But when the woman noticed deputies, she fled out of a back door and got into another vehicle that left the area.

The woman was later identified at a different Tuolumne County casino, Black Oak Casino, where she was apprehended by deputies, a Tuolumne County news release said.

Janetta Renee Garcia, 33, of Oakdale, was booked in the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, unlawful use of personal identifying information and criminal conspiracy on $50,000 bail.

Garcia bailed from the jail on Saturday.

The original male suspect remains at large.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information regarding the suspect or the crime contact their office at (209) 533-5815.

Thieves rack up nearly $6,000 in fraudulent credit card charges

An Antelope resident and a Sacramento resident were arrested by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office after a joint investigation with the Angels Camp Police Department uncovered nearly $6,000 in purchases from fraudulent credit cards at Calaveras Lumber on Friday.

At about 11 a.m., a man and woman were suspected of using fraudulent credit cards for the purchase of several YETI ice chests, STIHL chainsaws, and other items at Calaveras Lumber on the 100 block of Main Street by a store employee who became suspicious when the magnetic stripe on the cards would not scan and numbers had to be manually entered.

According to surveillance footage reviewed by the Angels Camp Police Department, the two suspects had entered the store separately and made respective purchases of $2,713.15 and $2,909.46.

The store employee provided a vehicle description and partial plate number to law enforcement, and the vehicle was pulled over near the Mar-Val Shopping Center on the 200 block of Highway 12 in Valley Springs for an unrelated traffic violation, an Angels Camp Police Department news release said.

The occupants were detained while an investigation into the Calaveras Lumber property in the car continued, and a firearm was also located in the vehicle.

Screenshots of the surveillance footage matched with the people in the vehicle, and both were were arrested.

Jennell Cherylynn Bartholomew, 27, of Antelope, was booked on suspicion of using a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, second degree burglary, acquiring a fraudulent access card, forging a fraudulent access card, using a fraudulent access card and misdemeanor charges possession of a concealed loaded firearm and possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Davon Monye Martinez, 24, of Sacramento, was booked on suspicion of felony parole violation, second degree burglary, acquiring a fraudulent access card, forging a fraudulent access card and using a fraudulent access card.

Martinez invoked his rights and refused to speak to the investigating officer, but was charged on the basis of the store surveillance footage.

During the investigation it was discovered that the same subjects had made purchases in excess of $2,000 using the fraudulent access cards at Sonora Lumber in Tuolumne County, the news release said.

The cards were secured as evidence by Angels Camp Police officers and the items were itemized and recorded before being returned to Calaveras Lumber.

Transient man busted for loitering on motel property

Late Thursday night, employees at the Aladdin Motor Inn on Mono Way in Sonora observed a man using his cell phone flashlight to look into the windows of cars in the parking lot and attempting to open the vehicles.

Deputies contacted a white man with a beard who appeared to match surveillance footage provided by the hotel employees.

The man had not appeared to have successfully entered any of the vehicles, but a search turned up five cellphones and three key rings containing multiple sets of keys, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

It is unknown whether the items in his possession were stolen, Benson said, but they were confiscated for further investigation.

Levy Williams, 33, identified as a transient caretaker, was booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct, loitering on private property into the Tuolumne County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Williams was cited and released from the jail on Friday.

Woman stranded on parking lot island arrested for drug possession

A Soulsbyville resident was arrested by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday night after she was found to be in possession of heroin inside a vehicle stalled on top of a parking lot island at The Junction shopping center on Mono Way.

About 11:20 p.m., a customer in the area of Price-Co Foods observed a women drive over a curb and become stuck on a bush near a mailbox in her white Toyota Camry, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s logs.

When deputies arrived, they contacted the driver, who was not asleep, but reclined in her seat, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

The woman said she had made a sharp turn in the parking lot, which had landed her vehicle on the parking island and stuck in the bushes.

California Highway Patrol Officers responded for a field sobriety test to determine if the woman was under the influence.

Though they determined she was not impaired, the woman was found to be in possession of a 0.19 grams of heroin wrapped in foil in her pocket and a loaded syringe, Benson said.

Molly Marie Tucker, 27, no occupation listed, of Soulsbyville, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.

Tucker was booked on $5,000 bail, and cited and released on Friday.

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