Team ef­fort ends with ar­rest of ve­hi­cle theft suspect on 99

Manteca Bulletin - - Local - By GLENN KAHL

What was said to be a great ef­fort of team work, Ripon Po­lice of­fi­cers arrested a sus­pected auto thief shortly be­fore noon on Thurs­day with the help of a com­mu­nity ser­vice of­fi­cer, the FBI and the Delta Auto Theft Task Force. The ar­rest was made on north­bound High­way 99 near Yosemite Av­enue.

The stolen pickup truck was spot­ted by Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Of­fi­cer Liz Forks at the An­gle Pe­tro­leum gas sta­tion in the 300 block of East Main Street in Ripon ad­ja­cent to the High­way 99 north­bound off ramp – a sta­tion that had been the vic­tim of an armed rob­bery in July.

Forks ra­dioed her dis­patcher with the ve­hi­cle de­scrip­tion and li­cense plate num­ber. Ripon dis­patch­ers broad­cast information that the ve­hi­cle had been en­tered into the sys­tem by the San Jose Po­lice Depart­ment as hav­ing been stolen sev­eral days ear­lier in that city.

The pa­trol­men on the city streets be­gan comb­ing the area search­ing for the ve­hi­cle when School Re­source Of­fi­cer Trevor McGin­nis re­sponded in the depart­ment’s fully-marked Ford Mus­tang In­ter­cep­tor. McGin­nis spot­ted the stolen ve­hi­cle on north­bound High­way 99 and caught up with the suspect as he was ap­proach­ing Yosemite Av­enue in Man­teca.

A felony car stop saw the suspect taken out of his ve­hi­cle at gun­point and taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent. The stop was as­sisted by the FBI and the Delta Re­gional Auto Theft Task Force who both hap­pened to be in the area.

Je­sus Sanchez-Avila, 22, of Win­ton was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges that in­cluded auto theft and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty. He is sched­uled to ap­pear in the Man­teca Branch of the San Joaquin County Su­pe­rior Court on Mon­day at 1:30 p.m.

Photo con­trib­uted

Ripon of­fi­cers stand next to a stolen pickup truck near Yosemite Av­enue in Man­teca along High­way 99.

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