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Ripon Police solve burglary in 24 hours

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POSTED August 22, 2013 1:41 a.m.

Ripon police detectives recovered $8,000 in valuables from a commercial burglary Wednesday within 24 hours of the theft, according to First Sgt. Steve Merchant.

At approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to Burns Truck and Trailer in the 1400 block of Santos Avenue where suspects had broken into several storage areas.  The suspects had taken truck parts worth some $11,000 including aluminum rims, electronic control modules and engine parts, Merchant said.

Working in close cooperation with the victim business, police learned the suspects were attempting to sell the unique parts in neighboring Stanislaus County.  Detectives soon were able to identify one suspect who was known to be on active California Post Release Community Supervision in Stanislaus County.

Sgt. Merchant said probation officials were advised of the investigation and assisted in locating the suspect.  On Wednesday Tony Arreola, 34, of Ceres, was located by Ripon detectives and taken into custody without incident.

Stolen property valued at $8,000 was allegedly located in plain view in the bed of his truck and subsequently identified by the victim as having been stolen out of Ripon.

Merchant credited the close cooperation between the victim business and other area businesses were keys to quickly solving the case.  He commended Detective Alex Burgos and Detective Sgt. Terri Jensen for their “steadfast determination” and quick action in searching out the suspect.

Arreola was transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp where he is being held on one felony burglary charge in lieu of $100,000 bail.  He is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:25 p.m. on Thursday.

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