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Alert citizen trips up Burlington Coat theft suspects

Manteca Police officers collared three suspected Burlington Factory thieves in the 200 block of Wawona Avenue within three minutes of a reported theft of hundreds of dollars of clothes Thursday mor...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED January 31, 2013 6:21 p.m.

Two men and a woman were seen running through the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot loaded down with clothes shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday as a motorist suspected something was wrong and called 911.

The alert motorist followed the maroon 2005 Oldsmobile Trofeo onto Lode Street and then onto the 200 block of Wawona where they pulled in the driveway of an aunt where they said they had been living.

A black and white police car and an unmarked detective unit took over the chase within minutes of the crime as they began to exit the vehicle.  Police said the car bore license plates and tags that were not registered to the vehicle.

In addition to drug paraphernalia officers found what appeared to be a nickel plated semi-automatic hand gun that turned out to be an airsoft piece that police said could easily have been recognized as the real thing.

Arrested for burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia were the driver James M. Harmon, 31, passenger Loual Cardovar,37, and Amanda Newitt, 24.  They were all determined to be from Manteca.  Newitt claimed to be homeless.

They were all apparently booked and released on citations because they did not appear on the San Joaquin County Jail website last night.

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