Suspects sought in thefts from eight counties; Colusa among the areas hit
The Sutter County Sheriff's Department would like to hear from residents who believe their property may have been stolen as far back as 2008. Investigators have recovered property stolen from Sutter, Yuba, Colusa, Tehama, Sacramento, Butte, Placer, and Nevada counties and are looking for property owners.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 822-7307.
Evidence appears to link two Yuba County brothers to as many as 37 burglaries over at least nine counties dating back to 2008, investigators said recently.
But the miscellaneous trail of more than 1,500 pieces of stolen property allegedly tied to Mark A. Johnson and his brother, Jerry, may date back as far as 1995 in Las Vegas, Lt. James Casner of the Sutter County Sheriff's Department said.
Authorities estimated the recovered property is valued at more than $300,000.
And Casner expects those numbers to continue growing.
"We still have 15 names of victims that we've been unable to locate and a lot of property that we haven't identified an owner, yet," Casner said.
Mark and Jerry Johnson were arrested in early July in connection with a long string of thefts over numerous counties.
Investigators recovered hundreds of stolen items ranging from power tools, football cards and jewelry to guns, antiques and trailers; most of which the brothers apparently stored in Yuba and Sutter counties, authorities said.
Sheriff's Department officials met with law enforcement agencies from nine counties looking for assistance in both investigating additional possible case ties and help contacting property owners.
Investigators said the brothers have been linked to property stolen in Sutter, Yuba, Colusa, Tehama, Sacramento, Butte Placer, and Nevada counties.
That number is also expected to rise, Canser said.
Jana McClung, assistant Sutter County district attorney, said this week that it was still unclear whether the brothers would be prosecuted in each county or if all the cases would be rolled into one.
"Each county will have to make that decision on its own," McClung said. "Those determinations probably won't be made until everyone has a chance to review all case reports."
The FBI may get involved because of the potential links to out-of-state cases, the Sheriff's Department said.
The Johnson brothers have a preliminary hearing scheduled on Aug. 30 in Sutter County Superior Court to answer a handful of charges in cases tied only to Sutter County. Both men remain in custody at the Sutter County Jail.
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