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Deputies nab suspected burglars

By June 14, 2011

A man and woman from Folsom were arrested last week after deputies caught them allegedly burglarizing an El Dorado Hills residence.

At 12:48 p.m. on June 8, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle from an El Dorado Hills resident, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.

Deputies responded to the scene and allegedly found Matthew Morgan, 27, at the vehicle and Erin Epperson, 31, carrying a pillowcase full of items.

The officers reportedly discovered that a burglary to a residence had just occurred in the area, locating a smashed window at the back of the house. The patrol deputies discovered property in the pillowcase and property inside the car had been stolen during the burglary. There were additional items in the car that are suspected to have been stolen. These items include jewelry, laptop computers and purses.

Two detectives heard the call dispatched over the radio and they realized the suspect vehicle matched the description of a vehicle used in a burglary that occurred May 11 on Rolph Way, El Dorado Hills.

During that burglary, someone knocked on the door of the residence. A woman who was home working on her computer said she was not expecting anyone, so she did not answer the door. A male suspect entered the house, walked in on the woman, and then ran from the residence.

The detectives conducted interviews with the suspects in the current burglary and ran a probation search on their residence on Creekside Drive in Folsom. Detectives reported finding items they suspect to have been stolen, including credit cards, identification, purses and passports. The detectives said they found a laptop computer that had been stolen during a residential burglary about two months ago in El Dorado Hills. They also found a television found to have been stolen during a burglary about a month ago, also in El Dorado Hills. They found credit cards that had been reported stolen in a burglary in Granite Bay.

To this point, detectives have linked the couple to eight burglaries in El Dorado County, Folsom and Granite Bay. The investigation is continuing.

Suspects Morgan and Epperson were booked into the El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of hypodermic needles.

The individual responsible for helping in the arrest of the pair is an active participant in a local Neighborhood Watch Program. She stated that as the suspects’ black vehicle passed her, it spurred a remembrance of an earlier e-mail that was circulated after a burglary in the area.

The Sheriff’s Department works with its STAR program to offer assistance in setting up or revitalizing Neighborhood Watch Programs throughout the county. Those interested in obtaining information on how to start a Neighborhood Watch Program may contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 621-5655.


Jim Ratajczak


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