Esparto burglary probe nets four arrests

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An investigation into an Esparto home break-in led to the arrests of four Sutter and Yuba County residents this month on various burglary and drug-related charges, while one person remains at large, according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. In a Facebook post, sheriff’s officials said the victim arrived home on Aug. 8 to discover that numerous items — including clothing, jewelry, two piggy banks containing a large amount of U.S. currency, several watches and a credit card — had been stolen. “As the investigation began, detectives learned that the suspects had used the victim’s credit card in Woodland at several different locations,” the post said. “With the help of video surveillance and local business security, detectives were able to positively identify the vehicle and suspects involved in the burglary, to include photographs and transactions of them committing the crimes.” The suspects were identified as Jake Sutton, 34, of Sutter County; Matthew Stanford, 41, of Plumas Lake; and 44-year-old resident Shannon Silva of Sutter. Sheriff’s officials say all three were co-conspirators in the burglary and unlawful credit-card use. Sutton also had an outstanding felony warrant for catalytic converter thefts out of Sutter County. Assisted by Sutter County sheriff’s detectives, Yolo County sheriff’s investigators served a search warrant at Stanford’s residence on Aug. 20, arresting Stanford and Sutton in connection with the Esparto burglary. Silva’s whereabouts remain under investigation. “During a search of Stanford’s vehicle, detectives located the stolen credit card taken during the burglary and later used in the city of Woodland,” the post said. “Also located was receipts showing the exact change stolen from the piggy banks being exchanged for cash at a Walmart in Woodland on August 8.” Five days later, authorities served a second search warrant at a home in Sutter, where they reported finding additional property taken during the burglary, as well as firearm ammunition, methamphetamine and drug-sales paraphernalia. Two of the home’s occupants — Walter Median, 34; and Erotika Silva, who is Shannon Silva’s 23-year-old daughter — are convicted felons prohibited from possessing ammunition and were arrested for that alleged offense as well as methamphetamine sales, sheriff’s officials said. The investigation remains ongoing. “The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office, Sutter County Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the local businesses where the transactions occurred, for their help during this investigation,” the Facebook post said.

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