BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A woman suspected of being a serial burglar was arraigned in Butte County Superior Court on Friday.
Yolanda Pola Ortmayer, 36, of Paradise, was arrested on Oct. 2 following four complaints of alleged burglaries in Chico, three of which occurred while the victims were home.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said that the Chico Police Department began receiving calls from victims who suspected their homes had been burglarized starting on Oct. 1.
The first allegation came to light when residents came home from work to find items missing from their house on the 1400 block of Citrus Avenue. They found a medical wristband left behind that had the name Ortmayer on it. The homeowners also discovered that a screen had been removed from the exterior window.
The next allegation came in on Oct. 2, when a woman called to report a burglary at her home in the 700 block of East Lassen Avenue. The victim said she woke up to find her refrigerator open, an empty bottle of wine and a missing tablet-computing device. Later, a woman matching Ortmayer's description knocked on the victim's door and offered to return the tablet for a $20 reward.
The final allegation came in around 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 when a man in the 10 block of Mayfair Drive saw Ortmayer in a neighbor's garage placing items in her backpack.
When officers booked Ortmayer, they found a cell phone hidden in her bra that did not belong to her. After dialing a number in the phone's address book, officers determined the phone belonged to a woman who lived in the 1700 block of Magnolia Avenue. Officers contacted that woman, who reported she had been home alone the previous day and discovered a strange backpack in her kitchen. She assumed the backpack belonged to a roommate, and she went back inside her bedroom. When she came out of her room, the backpack was gone. The woman did not realize her phone was missing until the police contacted her.
As of Friday, Oct. 5, Ortmayer remains in custody at the Butte County Jail and her bail is set at $218,000. She is expected to enter a plea on Oct. 11.
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