Ukiah police have made three arrests in connection with two burglaries in March where homes were ransacked and thousands of dollars worth of items stolen.
Ilijah Roy Nelson, 27, of Ukiah was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglarizing a home on the 500 block of Oak Park Road on March 21 and a home on the 400 block of Luce Avenue on March 31, police said in a statement.
Florinda Garcia, 47, and Ignacio Lara, 33, both of Ukiah, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of trying to sell property taken from at least one of the homes. Lara was also booked on suspicion of violating probation. Police said the two, along with another suspect, may have bought stolen jewelry from Nelson and sold some of it to a pawn shop.
In both burglaries, police said, the homes were ransacked. Items stolen included jewelry, electronics, credit cards, cash and clothing.
In the Oak Park Road break-in, the victim found a photo of a man near the front door. One of the victim's credit cards was found about a block from the house on South Dora Street, along with an identification card for Nelson. Police said the photo on Nelson's identification matched the one left at the scene of the burglary.
Several witnesses to the Luce Avenue burglary identified Nelson as the suspect in that incident, police said.
Before they arrested Nelson, investigating officers learned three people had sold jewelry suspected of being stolen from the Luce Avenue home to a pawn shop.
While on their way to question Garcia and Lara on Tuesday, police said they saw Nelson, who was on probation, carrying several items and wearing what police described as "obviously women's" jewelry.
Police said Nelson was carrying credit cards and paperwork in the names of the victims of both burglaries, as well as items that were stolen from their houses.
Police said they discovered more jewelry, a TV and silverware that they said was stolen from the home on Oak Park Road at Nelson's house, plus other items from both homes and more paperwork with the names of the victims.
Nelson was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, possessing drug paraphernalia, violating probation, and two counts of burglary.
On Wednesday, police questioned Lara and Garcia at their home on Observatory Avenue, where they said they found evidence of the pawn shop transaction and other items suspected of being stolen.
Police said a fourth person, suspected of helping pawn the items, has been identified and is being sought for questioning.