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Escalade found in chop shop

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POSTED March 7, 2009 4:45 a.m.
Jesus Estrada, 44, was arrested Friday afternoon for allegedly operating a chop shop near Union and Lovelace roads north of Manteca.

Officers from DELTARAT, the regional auto theft task force, took Estrada into custody shortly after 2 p.m. after they discovered what was left of a 2002 Cadillac Escalade at the man’s home, according to officer Stephen Schluer.
The vehicle had reportedly been stolen from an area of north Stockton on February 4. It had all the upgrades - all the bells and whistles - and was valued at about $30,000.  The chassis and the transmission were missing as were the wheel rims, officers said.

Police said Estrada was arrested without incident, and was transported by a Manteca Police unit. He was later transferred to the San Joaquin County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail. Estrada is scheduled to appear in Superior Court March 10.

Estrada was charged with the operation of a chop shop and the possession of a stolen vehicle, Schluer said.  DELTARAT officers were led to the Union Road address through a tip that there were tires for sale at that location.

Anyone with further information are urged to call the Manteca Crime Stoppers at 823-4636 where they can remain anonymous and also be eligible for up to $1,000 in rewards.
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