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Police catch teen suspect in theft of two bicycles from Manteca park

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Police catch teen suspect in theft of two bicycles from Manteca park

Manteca officers Jason Downs and Bob Anderson detain a 16-year-old Manteca youth in a roadside lineup in front of the Manteca Library after he allegedly stole a Beach Cruiser bicycle at a park on E...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED August 16, 2012 1:37 a.m.

Two bicycle-riding friends in their early to mid-20s watched two teens steal their Beach Cruiser bicycles from a southwest Manteca park on El Portal Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Manteca Police noted hundreds of bicycles have been stolen within the city so far this year.

When learning of the theft, the mother of one of the victims went looking for the bicycles in her car and caught up with one 16-year-old suspect near the Manteca Library in the 300 block of West Center Street.  The youth reportedly dumped the bike when she confronted him from her vehicle with him running into the library’s back door and out the front as Officer Bob Anderson pulled up in front of the facility.

In a short foot chase Anderson took the teen into custody, noting that he was uncooperative and belligerent toward him in language and hand signs.  He also appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, the officer noted.

The victims were brought to the scene of the arrest on Center Street where they identified the suspect that officers had handcuffed and had standing on the road across the street from them.

The second bicycle is a red Beach Cruiser that has not been located.  The youth was cited to the Co-Op program and released to his parents’ custody later Wednesday evening.

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