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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2007 10:00 pm

A weekend residential burglary that left a Lodi home without TVs, a laptop and a brand-new vehicle was solved Monday when a LoJack hit revealed the vehicle's location.

The 2007 Honda Pilot was equipped with the hidden tracking system, which connects to devices that the LoJack maker gives to police. California Highway Patrol officers got a LoJack alert Monday morning and notified Lodi police.

The sport-utility vehicle had been taken during a weekend burglary in the 2300 block of Woodlake Circle. The home had been ransacked, and the thieves also made off with a plasma TV, a flat-screen TV, a laptop and jewelry, Detective Nick Welton said.

The car was found parked on Donner Drive, and detectives began watching the house, where they saw people coming and going. Welton said they saw William Earl Sellers III, 36, in the stolen vehicle, and officers soon stopped two other vehicles on Lockeford Street after they left the house.


Key tags from a stolen Honda Pilot lay on the road in front of the suspect's house Monday morning. (Brian Feulner/News-Sentinel)

Inside the garage, police saw Sellers' 1980s Chevrolet El Camino, which matched the description of a vehicle that was seen leaving the area of the burglarized home. Detectives found the stolen jewelry inside the car, said Welton, who works in county-wide auto theft investigations.

Also arrested were Jimmy Lee Beasley, 22, and Dina Maginnis, 38. Another man was cited and released on a trespassing warrant, Welton said.

Galt toy drive established

The Galt Police Department and Cosumnes Community Services District are launching a community toy drive for children in the Galt area.

The drive was started to spread holiday cheer to children under the age of 18 living in Galt, Herald and unincorporated areas of south Sacramento County.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted through Dec. 15 at the police department, 455 Industrial Drive, and at Galt's two fire stations at 229 Fifth St. and 1050 Walnut Ave. Toys for children of all ages will be accepted, but gifts for teenagers and infants are especially needed.

Families in need may pick up an application to receive gifts from the police station or either fire station. Children may also be referred to the toy drive by teachers or other community members. Completed forms must include the child's name, parent or guardian's name, home address and phone number, child's age, gender and social security number.

Monetary donations and gift wrap are also accepted. Send your monetary donation to the "Galt Community Toy Drive" in care of the Cosumnes CSD Fire Department, 8812 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA, 95624.

For more information, call 1-866-598-3473 during normal business hours.

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