EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. — A task force consisting of multiple Northern California sheriff’s offices and police departments is cracking down on a crew of suspected serial burglars.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s office was part of a task force investigating the burglaries that they say crossed nine jurisdictions in four counties. Investigators say there have been 27 known or attempted burglaries across these locations.
According to investigators, in each of the burglaries, two or three men were seen on surveillance footage targeting gas stations, usually in the early-morning hours, with the goal of stealing as many cartons of cigarettes as they could carry.
Following two separate burglaries in Camino on May 26 and 27, investigators learned the thieves used the same car in each crime. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies set up surveillance on Highway 50, where they soon spotted a car matching the one seen on camera.
Two men inside the car, Miguel Chamizo and Kevin Gilkey, and a 16-year-old were taken back to the sheriff’s department to be interviewed and were eventually arrested.
Information from those arrests was taken back to the task force and authorities said even more people were identified as being involved with the burglaries.
On Wednesday, the Placer County Sheriff’s office arrested 33-year-old Matthew Jonathan Carnegie on two counts of second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony. Carnegie is accused of burglarizing businesses in Colfax and Meadow Vista in March.
At least two of the men arrested were from Oakland and, according to the investigators, more arrests are pending.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Sacramento Police Department, Rocklin Police Department, Galt Police Department, and Auburn Police Department are also a part of the task force.
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