Police found electronics and jewelry at the East Palo Alto residence of Ana Lauese, 35, and Malinda Ladson, 33. The women were arrested Oct. 29 and are suspected of being involved in burglaries going back as far as June, Los Altos police spokesman Sgt. Scott McCrossin said.
Police did not release photos of the pieces of jewelry and other stolen property. Only the victims have seen those pictures in order to prevent other people from falsely claiming the valuables, he said.
But police photos showed a pile of bulging backpacks and bags, stuffed with allegedly stolen goods.
"Each of those bags is filled with jewelry," McCrossin said.
Since announcing the arrests on Nov. 6, Lauese and Ladson have been charged with nine additional counts of burglary along with the three original charges, he said.
Police have been able to match much of the property with victims, but owners aren't likely to receive their property for some time. It must remain as evidence for the cases, he said.
Investigators were not able to recover everything for every victim, however. Some of the electronics are missing, and it is likely that the most expensive items have been sold, he said.
McCrossin said he did not have a total value for the ill-gotten booty, but one victim reportedly lost items amounting to $100,000, he said.
A Los Altos officer broke the burglary cases after noticing one of the women sitting in a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Almond Avenue on Oct. 29 at approximately 2 p.m. The woman gave a false name to the officer and "exhibited suspicious behavior," according to police.
The other woman was found nearby on Higgins Avenue and had a different account of her reason for being in the neighborhood. A search of Ladson's vehicle turned up jewelry that had been stolen earlier in the day from a home in the 2300 block of St. Francis Drive in Palo Alto, police said. Methamphetamine was also found in the vehicle.
Lauese and Ladson have been connected to residential burglaries in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties, police said. They have been tied to thefts in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, Redwood City, Belmont and Kensington.
McCrossin said residents should mark their property and store the information in a safe place. If items are stolen, police will have an easier time of reconnecting owners and their property when the information is looked up in a database.