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Swiped diaper bag trips up suspects, leads to arrest for 27 ounces of meth

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Swiped diaper bag trips up suspects, leads to arrest for 27 ounces of meth

Manteca Police captured three men driving a 2003 BMW after they had been reported prowling around a home in the 200 block of Tannehill Drive at about 8:30 Wednesday morning. Officer Dale Goforth t...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 4, 2013 2:18 a.m.

Three men met their match when they were allegedly prowling around a residence in the 200 block of Tannehill Drive Wednesday morning after they were spotted on the porch of a residence by a friend of the family driving down the street.

According to Manteca Police the friend called her friend who lived there on her cell phone to tell her of her suspicions.  The friend drove back toward her house and saw the men driving off in their gray, 2003 BMW, and called police. 

She tracked them up onto the 200 block of North Main Street as police responded to her call.  Canine Officer Dale Goforth was headed northbound on Main when he got the call for assistance, made a U-turn, and pulled the trio over in the parking lot of the FESM Hall located nearby.

Following the trio took the woman about five minutes until officers caught up with her after her cell phone call.

The officer was quickly backed up by two other patrol cars and a detective unit. 

The men asked why they were being stopped, saying they had no idea.  Officers asked the homeowner if she could determine if anything had been taken from her residence.  She drove back home and looked – only missing a diaper bag she had left on the front porch.

And in the car Sgt. Louie Clark said police found a diaper bag matching the description of the one that was missing.  Clark added that the men could not explain just how it got into their vehicle.

It was the possession of the bag that gave officers authority to physically search the car and make use of a drug sniffing canine where they discovered 27 ounces of methamphetamine.

Driver of the vehicle Scott Jones, 30, of Manteca, was charged with the possession of the controlled substance valued at some $2,700, possession of stolen property, prowling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marcus Jimenez, 39, of Tracy was charged with prowling and possession of stolen property.  Walter Stancampiano, 24, of Tracy was charged with prowling and possession of stolen property.

All three were transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp and their vehicle was impounded.  When they are released from county jail there will be an impound fee to pay before the vehicle will be released to them.

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