On 04/16/2015, El Dorado County Sheriff Deputies assigned to the Special Enforcement Detail (SED) served two search warrants in the greater San Joaquin Valley area. Located during the search were stolen mail packages, checks, bank account information, social security numbers and related personal information needed to open accounts. It was estimated that there were 30 to 50 victims associated with this case stemming from mail thefts within El Dorado County. Arrested was 29 year-old Aman Izatt and 33 year-old Jarrod Izatt, residents of Tracy, CA. Aman and Jarrod Izatt were reportedly stealing mail while driving a white BMW. Both are in custody at the El Dorado County Jail.
On 04/21/2015, Special Enforcement Detail (SED) Deputies assisted by Sheriff’s Detectives served a search warrant in the 1600 block of Beals Road in Placerville. During the search of the property and buildings, copious amounts of stolen mail and checks were located. It was estimated that information belonging to more than 100 victims was found at the address. Also located during the search was a stolen laptop, two stolen firearms associated with a burglary in Butte County, methamphetamine, marijuana, and Oxycodone pills. Five suspects were arrested at or around the Beals Road residence; 23 year-old Mariah Schmucker, 38 year-old validated Skinhead gang member Heston Schmucker, 33 year-old Dawn Moore, 44 year-old Kendall Moore and 40 year-old Michael Watts. All were booked into the El Dorado County Jail and have been released from custody on bond.
The above search warrants and arrests are in response to an ongoing investigation into a spree of mails thefts from within the county. The mail thefts have been occurring for the past 6 months and it is believed the persons arrested are responsible for the majority of the thefts. Anyone with information concerning the mail thefts is encouraged to contact Deputy Carpenter or Deputy Miller at 530-642-4703.
Lt. Tom Murdoch
Booking photo of Aman Izatt
Booking photo of Jarrod Izatt
Booking photo of Mariah Schmucker
Booking photo of Heston Schmucker
Booking photo of Dawn Moore
Booking photo of Kendall Moore
Booking photo of Michael Watts
On 04/22/2015 at about 5:50 PM, the Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred in the 5800 Block of Mother Lode Drive west of Placerville near the intersection of Mother Lode Drive and Pleasant Valley Road. The uninvolved caller stated an adult male just hit another adult male in the head with a baseball bat and drove off. The suspect was reportedly driving a late 80’s to early 90’s white Isuzu pickup truck with a ladder in the back. The suspect was described as a white male adult, in his 40’s, about 5’ 8” tall, weighing about 160 lbs., with white hair and possibly a beard, and wearing a blue shirt and blue baseball cap.
Deputies arrived and located the victim who was bleeding from his head while other responding deputies searched for the suspect vehicle. Medics were summoned to treat the injured victim and he was later transported to the hospital. His head injuries were described by deputies as severe.
Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene. The motive behind this vicious attack is unclear and is under investigation. Anyone having information regarding the suspect or suspect vehicle is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-5655 or email a crime tip to www.edso.org. Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.
Lt. Tom Murdoch
On 04/20/2015 at about 11:57 AM, deputies responded to a reported robbery in the 3000 block of Newtown Road. The female caller stated she was attacked by two subjects who pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspects left in a late 60’s to early 70’s, 2-door dark blue or black pick-up truck. The truck didn’t appear to have a camper shell or a lumber rack on it and was last seen driving towards Placerville. The suspects reportedly dumped out the contents of her purse only taking her medications. She was uninjured.
The first suspect was described as a white male adult, about 30 years old, with dark hair, dark shirt and shorts. The second suspect was described as a white female adult, 25-35 years old, with red hair. There was no clothing description for the female. Both subjects were unknown to the victim. No weapons were seen.
If anyone has information regarding this case, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-5655 or email us a crime tip at www.edso.org. The incident is under investigation.
Lt. Tom Murdoch
On 04/19/2015 at about 3:34 PM, several Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported fight in the area of Halyard Lane and Halyard Court in Diamond Springs. The caller stated the fight was between at least two males with a female trying to intervene and a juvenile screaming. As the deputies responded, the call was upgraded to an assault with a deadly weapon because baseball bats, screwdrivers, and two more people became involved. Associated vehicles were a white Chevrolet pickup truck and a white Ford Expedition. The truck was described as having couches in the bed.
In the front yard of a house in the 3000 block of Halyard Lane, deputies located an intoxicated shirtless Louis MacDonald who had scratches on his face and torso. The 36 year-old transient was uncooperative with investigating deputies. Deputies wanted medics to check his injuries but he refused.
Several possible witnesses were contacted in the area. No one claimed to have seen a fight or be directly involved in the incident. Deputies walked the old railroad tracks towards WalMart looking for people who might have participated or were injured in the altercation. The old railroad right-of-way is an area frequented by transients. Deputy Nick Cortez found a screwdriver in the vicinity of Louis MacDonald however no one claimed ownership. Deputy Cortez recovered the screwdriver and booked it for safe keeping. No baseball bats were located.
Due to the level of his intoxication, Louis MacDonald was taken into custody for Public Intoxication and booked into the El Dorado County Jail. The fight is still under investigation.
Lt. Tom Murdoch
Booking photo of Louis MacDonald
On 04/16/2015 at about 6:00 PM, Deputy Tim Peterson was flagged down by a motorist who reported a wrong-way driver on Missouri Flat Road. The vehicle was described as a white SUV with a female driver who almost caused an accident.
In the area of Missouri Flat Road and Golden Center Drive, Deputy Peterson found a white SUV stopped half over the sidewalk and half in the bushes near the front of the Auto Zone. It looked like a traffic accident with other motorists stopping to help. The driver was still inside the vehicle.
As Deputy Peterson stopped to help, the driver of the SUV backed out of the bushes onto Missouri Flat Road nearly hitting a pedestrian. The SUV drove off north bound on Missouri Flat Road almost colliding with other cars.
Deputy Peterson gave chase activating his overhead lights and siren. The SUV continued on Missouri Flat Road towards Highway 50 at a slow pace. The driver didn’t pull over or respond to the flashing emergency lights or siren. At the red signal light for the westbound Highway 50 onramp, the SUV stopped behind other cars. Deputy Peterson stopped behind the SUV and contacted the female driver through the open driver’s window. The driver, later identified as 23 year-old Lauren Esposito of Somerset, was detained.
The Sheriff’s Office conducted a DUI investigation while CHP Officers investigated the traffic accident where she left the roadway near the Auto Zone. During the DUI investigation, Esposito became verbally abusive screaming racist taunts and tried to get away. At 6:45 PM, Esposito was arrested for suspicion of DUI and resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer and booked into the El Dorado County Jail. She was later released on bond.
Lt. Tom Murdoch
Booking photo of Lauren Esposito