Man­teca de­tec­tives ar­rest sus­pect for jew­elry store rob­bery

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By GLENN KAHL

A 32-year-old San Jose man was ar­rested by Man­teca de­tec­tives about 2:30 Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon by Man­teca de­tec­tives and charged with two felonies in last month’s at­tempted bur­glary at New York Di­a­monds on South Main Street in the Wal­mart Shop­ping Cen­ter in the early morn­ing of May 21.

De­tec­tive Aaron Mon­toya was key to the ar­rest of the Kien Xuen Nguyen af­ter work­ing with valu­able ev­i­dence in the case for the last sev­eral weeks. Nguyen was charged with at­tempted bur­glary and con­spir­acy with a con­spir­a­tor who de­tec­tives hope to take into cus­tody in the next

sev­eral days.

Patty Reece, owner of New York Di­a­monds, had handed of­fi­cers a thumb drive con­tain­ing footage from two se­cu­rity cam­eras that showed the pair first at­tempt­ing to break into the front of her store shortly af­ter 1:25 a.m. and then re­turn­ing at 3:30 with bolt cut­ters still un­able to gain en­trance.

A home­less man was seen rid­ing by the front of the store as the men were pho­tographed at­tempted to cut their way into the en­try­way with bolt cut­ters. The video shows him look­ing at the sus­pects and con­tin­u­ing to ride away.

Reece had said she was ready to search out the cul­prits her­self and had been scour­ing the road­ways to find their older Toy­ota know­ing their li­cense num­ber that had been cap­tured by her video se­cu­rity cam­eras.

The two hooded men had smashed out her front glass door but were stopped by a steel gate that pulls across the front en­trance and win­dows at the store’s en­try. Cost of re­pair­ing the dam­age was about $700, she said, and but much less than she could imag­ine the losses had they got­ten into her store.


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