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Police capture vehicle burglar suspect in SUV

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POSTED February 28, 2013 1:51 a.m.

A man suspected of burglarizing a number of vehicles was taken out of a burgundy SUV at gunpoint and arrested by Manteca Police at about 8 a.m. Wednesday in a south central Manteca residential neighborhood.

Police arrested William James McArthur, 22, of Manteca, in the 1400 block of Driftwood.  The suspect was handcuffed and told to sit down on the sidewalk by police next to stereo equipment and GPS systems he had reportedly took from four vehicles parked in the area.

Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said officer John Machado was first on the scene and was quickly backed up by officer Dale Goforth. Both drew their weapons when they found the suspect hunkered down in the back of the SUV.  Estarziau said the man did not resist arrest.

The 5-foot-6 McArthur was transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp where he is being held in lieu of $220,000 bail. He is being charged with one count of felony burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.

He is scheduled to appear at the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

There were 562 vehicle burglaries in Manteca during 2012, down 4.58 percent from 589 in 2011.

Armed robbery at AM/PM store

Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday night an armed robber held up the AM/PM convenience store in the 1700 block of East Yosemite Avenue using what the clerk described as a shotgun. 

The store is located just east of Highway 99.  Taken in the robbery was an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, beer and cigarettes.  The suspect fled on foot.

Fifteen minutes later a home in the 600 block of Alpine Avenue was burglarized.

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