Keen-eyed Wal-Mart employees are being credited with assisting El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies with arresting an out-of-county couple suspected of stealing more than $4,000 worth of electronics from the Placerville store.
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Onolyn Troy Yurada, 41, of Roseville, and Sandra Dee Maclaren, 40, of Antelope, were booked Saturday night after Wal-Mart Asset Protection reported seeing the duo allegedly absconding with two carts worth of televisions, Blu-Ray players and speakers.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers, Yurada and Maclaren had been caught on surveillance tape several times this month leaving the store with stolen goods.
So when the two returned for their most recent shopping spree, Wal-Mart staff was ready.
“Wal-Mart’s employees are to be commended for their keen observations which led to the apprehension of these two suspects,” said Byers.
Deputies were called to the Missouri Flat Road store at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, just in time to catch Yurada and Maclaren exiting the store.
The couple allegedly had $1,250 worth of stolen electronics in their possession at the time of their arrest, Byers said.
Yurada had to be physically restrained during his arrest, as he was reportedly uncooperative with deputies. Maclaren was booked without incident.
Investigators have viewed surveillance tapes from the store and the suspects allegedly can be seen burglarizing the store over a four-day span, Byers said.
All told, Yurada and Maclaren allegedly made off with $4,280 worth of high-end electronics. As of press time, authorities had recovered $2,200 worth of items.
The investigation is ongoing.
Yurada was booked on suspicion of burglary, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of a peace officer. He remains in custody on $143,000 bail.
Maclaren was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary and criminal conspiracy. She remains in county jail on $100,000 bail.
No arraignment date for either suspect was listed on the El Dorado County Superior Court’s calendar as of press time.
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