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Ripon Police make arrests in auto burglaries

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POSTED January 21, 2013 11:58 p.m.

Three teens and a 26-year-old man were rounded up by Ripon Police after a string of auto burglaries and one vehicle stolen overnight Saturday.

Vincent Henry Vigil, of Antioch, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on multiple felony charges that included possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of the minors.

Three juveniles were booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on multiple felony charges similar to that of the adult arrested.  One was a 15-year-old from Antioch; a second was a 16-year-old from Sacramento and the third was 17, also from Antioch.

The scenario that unfolded into the arrests began shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday when Ripon officers were dispatched to the CVS parking lot on West Main Street on a report of suspicious males in a vehicle in front of the store.

First Sergeant Steve Merchant said the males were in possession of socks, gloves and a flashlight.  Officers were aware of numerous vehicle burglaries during the night with their clothing matching reports from citizens.

While speaking to the subjects, Officer Alex Burgos noticed a driver’s license laying next one of the suspects belonging to a female Ripon resident.  Upon checking with her, the woman told officers by phone that her car had been burglarized and her license stolen.

One of the men was found to be on court probation for vehicle theft.  The two suspects were taken into custody for alleged possession of stolen property.  Through the course of the investigation additional property was located in the suspects’ possession. The items were determined to have been stolen in additional auto burglaries during the night.

Through their intelligence gathering, Ripon officers obtained information about another vehicle that had been associated with the four suspects.  The patrolmen intercepted the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, finding additional property taken from the night’s burglaries.

The officers located credit and debit cards, drivers’ licenses, personal property, clothing, electronic games, GPS devices and cell phones in the suspects’ possession – all belonging to multiple Ripon residents.

During the course of the investigation, one Ripon resident reported her vehicle had been stolen from the 200 block of First Street.  Officers located evidence in the suspects’ vehicle linking them to the auto theft, Sgt. Merchant said.

He further noted that the recovered stolen items are being returned to Ripon residents.  For further information concerning the return of stolen property, contact Detective Sgt. Terri Jensen at 599-0621.

According to the Sheriff’s “Who’s in Custody” website, Vigil is no longer in custody in the county jail Monday afternoon.

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