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POSTED June 29, 2012 1:39 a.m.

• BUSINESS BURGLARY ARREST: On Wednesday, June 27, while on patrol, Manteca Police Officer Anderson noticed a door kicked open at a vacant business in the 400 block of Industrial Park Drive. Officer Anderson, with the help of the other officers, entered the building and began a search with his canine. Officers located burglary tools inside the business and heard a male’s voice. They followed the voice to the second floor, then to the roof of the building. It appeared the suspect accessed the roof by breaking a window. It was not safe to use the same window for the officers, so officers requested assistance from Manteca Fire Department. While waiting for the ladder truck, Officers could hear the male subject yelling and throwing items around. The suspect was incoherent and stated he wanted to kill someone and numerous other rants. After the ladder truck arrived, several officers and a canine were placed on the roof. When the suspect saw the officers, he tried to flee. As Officer Anderson got close to the suspect, the suspect turned and reached for a metal object in his rear pocket. Officer Anderson deployed his canine, Hoss, to apprehend the suspect. Hoss bit the subject and he was taken into custody. The suspect, Jack Swanson, was treated and released by San Joaquin County Hospital and then transported to County Jail.

• WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLAN THEFT: On Saturday, June 23, Community Service Officer Lewis responded to the Wastewater Treatment Plant to take a theft report. The employees reported to work and noticed the fence surrounding the plant had been cut, and there were numerous drag marks where pipes and scrap metal had been removed from the yard. A utility trailer owned by the City had also been taken in the theft. The cut fence was directly behind a residence in the 900 block of South Airport Way. Officers drove around the block to check the property. As they were driving into the driveway, a Dodge Ram truck was preparing to leave. The truck was pulling a trailer loaded with the scrap metal (pipes) stolen from the Treatment Plant. Officers located more stolen scrap metal and the stolen utility trailer concealed in an orchard behind the residence. The trailer, pipes and scrap metal had a total value of $9,450. David Meredith, David Rowton and Michelle Whitaker were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. They were charged with theft, burglary, vehicle theft and conspiracy.

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