By Brittany Torrez
Sutter County sheriff's department investigators say two brothers operating under the guise of a construction company called A-1 Asphalt are responsible for the theft of more than 900 items from homes across six counties.
Mark Johnson, 53, of Linda, and Jerry Johnson, 50, of Olivehurst were arrested last week in connection with the home burglaries.
According to Sutter County Lieutenant James Casner, the two suspects are currently in custody at Sutter County Jail. He said the brothers would cruise through neighborhoods in a truck with the name A-1 Asphalt printed on the side. The brothers would knock on doors to see if anyone was home, Casner said. Sometimes they would leave their card with residents who answered the door. Investigators are still looking into exactly how the thefts occurred.
The brothers allegedly burglarized homes in six Sacramento-area counties, including three in Placer County and two possible burglaries in Sacramento County, according to Casner. The inventory of stolen items includes 75 to 100 pounds of jewelry.
"Think of your house and what you have in it. That's what we have," Casner said. He said the inventory includes items such as fishing gear, antiques, silverware, and power tools, and that the entire inventory could be worth over $100,000.
"They just went in a grabbed everything as fast as they could to get out," Casner said.
Some of the victims are now able to claim stolen property. Officials will ask for proof of ownership -- usually a picture -- before they return the stolen items.
"Someone had specialty knives stolen and when he came in he saw something else and said, 'I didn't even know they took that,'" Casner said. Officials have begun to contact known burglary victims.
Victims are being asked to contact the department at (530) 822-7307 with their name, the agency they reported the theft to, the case number and contact information.