More than $1,400 in property was stolen from eight unlocked vehicles parked at a ball field in Jenny Lind Monday, according to a release from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
It wasn’t until a soft ball game reached its conclusion at about 10 p.m., when victims discovered numerous vehicles had been burglarized at the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Ball Park, the report said.
One victim said a $600 pool cue was stolen from his vehicle, and he saw a woman walking down the road with his pool cue, so he followed her to an apartment on the 100 block of Pine Street in Valley Springs, the report said. He later led deputies back to the apartment, where they spoke with a woman named Sara Michelle Riddle, 27 of Valley Springs.
She was interviewed and denied knowing anything about the thefts. Deputies also spoke with Riddle’s boyfriend, Patrick Seneca Elkins, 33, of Valley Springs, who led deputies inside the apartment where they found the $600 pool cue along with a second pool cue, the report said. The victim was shown the cues, and said they belonged to him.
While inside the apartment, deputies found 50 pieces of additional stolen property that had been taken from other victim’s vehicles, the report said. Deputies notified sheriff’s detectives who responded to the apartment to serve a search warrant. While searching, detectives located most of the property that had been stolen from the vehicles, the report said, adding other items were located that may have been stolen during other thefts in the area.
Detectives determined that more than $1,400 in property had been stolen along with more than $200 in cash. Among the items stolen were: electronic devices, coolers, clothing, alcoholic beverages and duffel/equipment bags.
Both Riddle and Elkins were arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of petty theft and felony possession of stolen property.
They are held in lieu of $15,000 bail and will both appear at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for arraignment in Department 2 of the Calaveras County Superior Court.