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* Martinez GPS in stolen laptop leads police to stash of stolen property

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Investigators are trying to identify recent burglary victims after a stolen laptop equipped with a GPS tracking device led police to a stash of stolen property and four suspects in Martinez on Thursday, police said today.The computer was stolen during a vehicle burglary in Concord on Wednesday, Martinez police Sgt. Jon Sylvia said. The victim was able to use the computer’s GPS system to track it to Banner Court in Martinez and call police.When officers got there, they found the computer inside a vehicle, police said.While they were looking into the matter, four people associated with the vehicle came out of a nearby house.The officers determined that the people were allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine and detained them, police said. The officers then got a warrant and searched the house the people had come out of. They found property they believe had been stolen during residential burglaries in Walnut Creek, Concord and unincorporated Martinez, police said.According to Sylvia, investigators have so far confirmed that property taken during five separate burglaries was inside the house, including a large flat screen television that had been stolen two years ago.The other items recovered, which included distinctive gold and silver jewelry, watches, antique memorabilia and golf equipment, is believed to be from more recent burglaries, police said.Police are asking people who have been the victims of thefts and who have reported those thefts to law enforcement to contact the Martinez Police Department to determine if their property was among the items recovered at the house. Potential victims can contact police online at [email protected] or by calling Sgt. Jon Sylvia at (925) 372-3450.The suspects have been identified as Martinez residents Barry Martin, 45, who lives at the Banner Court home; Jacob Speace, 31, who owned the car that allegedly contained the stolen laptop; Lance Pearson, 33; and Vanessa Valdez, 28.Martin and Speace were arrested on suspicion of drug intoxication and possession of stolen property. Pearson was arrested on suspicion of drug intoxication and violating his parole. Valdez was arrested on suspicion of drug intoxication.All four suspects have been booked into county jail in Martinez.

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