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Attempted ATM store heist causes $15K in damages

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POSTED December 27, 2012 1:03 a.m.

An attempted ATM heist, stolen vehicles including at least four motorcycles, auto burglaries and residential burglaries plagued Manteca during the holidays.

Motorcycle thefts are new to Manteca. The bikes believed to have been walked down their owners’ driveways to waiting trucks that hauled them away.

The further investigation of a white eight passenger van crashing into convenience store at 4 a.m. Monday led Manteca Police to conclude thieves intended to hook chains to an ATM machine and use the van to drag it out of the store at the corner of Louise and Cottage avenues.

Surveillance footage showed several men had backed their van at a high speed into the glass windows and door on the north side of the building with chains visible in the video.  The van did get more than halfway into the some 50-foot-deep structure. As such, it did not get close enough to the ATM to hook their vehicle up to the money machine.

Property owner Eddie Cardoza said the cost of the repairs to the building was estimated at $12,000 to $15,000.  The owner of the convenience store was unable to give an estimate to the loss of his merchandise on Wednesday afternoon.

Cardoza said the surveillance video showed a white, eight passenger van similar to the ones schools used to transport athletes to sporting events.  He said there was a long logo seen below the right rear side windows, adding that there appeared to be moderate damage to the right front and left rear of the vehicle.  He said that police suspect the van was stolen.

Nine vehicle thefts

The nine vehicle thefts started shortly before noon on Dec. 19 at the corner of North Airport Way and Geneva Way.  The next occurred at 12:27 p.m. Dec. 19 in the 1100 block of Miel Street. The third vehicle stolen was in the 200 block of Almond Avenue at 11 a.m. on Dec. 20, and the next followed about 3 p.m. that afternoon in the 700 block of Tahoe Street.

Another vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of Trevino Avenue, with police being alerted on Friday at 8:48 a.m.  Shortly after midnight on Saturday, dispatchers received another call of a stolen vehicle from an apartment complex in the 500 block of Button Avenue.

At about 5 p.m. Saturday a vehicle owner called police that they, too, had a theft that was in the 400 block of Greenbrier Avenue.  A resident from a mobile home park on South Highway 99 noted that their vehicle had been stolen about 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.  And then, just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, a resident from the 1800 block of Star Tulip Street called officers reporting his vehicle had been stolen. 

Included in the holiday crime report were 15 auto burglaries, one robbery at Advance America -  a cash advance business on West Yosemite Avenue, four residential burglaries and a vehicle arson in the 400 block of Pine Street.

Holiday residential burglary reports included those in the 700 block of North Grant Avenue, the 600 block of Birchwood Street and the 300 block of Moffat Boulevard. 

Reports of the auto burglaries began with a call at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from in front of a residence in the 1100 block of Balzo Street.  That was followed shortly before 8 p.m. by another in the 100 block of East Center Street. 

On Thursday, Dec. 20, another auto burglary was reported in the 2300 block of Maple Hollow Lane at 8:30 a.m.  At about 7 p.m. that night another report that a vehicle had been burglarized came from the 400 block of North Main Street.  At 11 p.m. Thursday a motorist from the 800 block of Lifestyle Street also called in a burglary to his vehicle.

There were two more auto burglaries Friday morning.  One occurred in the 100 block of Goodale Court at 10 a.m. and at 11 in the 1300 block of Bass Pro Drive.  On Saturday there were more vehicles burglarized – the first in the 1000 block of North Main Street, the second in the 900 block of South Union Road and the third in the 500 block of West Yosemite Avenue – all by the light of day.

On Sunday there were two – one in the 300 block of Moffat Boulevard and the other in the 1500 block of Moffat.  On Monday one more auto burglary occurred in the 700 block of Woodward Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Ginger Way.  Final reports for the weeklong period came just before 8 a.m. Christmas morning and again Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the 800 block of El Dorado Street.

There were also complaints of fireworks on Christmas coming in the 300 block of Victory Avenue on four different occasions and from the corner of Nordic Place and Meadow Way. 

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