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Hijacker apparently calls victim, leaves truck for him

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POSTED November 13, 2013 12:55 a.m.

A 2006 Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck that was carjacked on Nov.4 from in front of a donut shop in the 1100 block of Yosemite Avenue has been found in the 300 block of Cherry Lane north of the Manteca Police Department.

Mike Frisby, who lives near the downtown area of Manteca, said he had gone into the shop at about 7 a.m. when the clerk alerted him that someone inside his truck.  He ran to his vehicle and jumped into the bed as the suspect began to back out of the parking spot and sped away.

He had left the truck running because it was cold that morning, he said.  The victim described a hair-raising ride that nearly dumped him out onto Yosemite Avenue, east of Union Road.  The truck has last been seen driving south on El Portal Avenue.

Frisby said he received a call last week after the theft appeared in the Bulletin and on a social network describing the vehicle and noting its license plate numbers. He said the call on his phone came from a blocked number telling him he could find the truck in the SaveMart parking lot on West Yosemite Avenue – but no truck turned up.  A later phone call said it would be left on Cherry Lane north of the police department where he found it.

Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said nothing had been taken except for the license plates.  The plates had been replaced with others with police checking on their origin.   She added that the case is being turned over to the countywide CHP auto theft task force.

The suspect was said to be Hispanic between 25 and 30 years old with a mustache and was wearing a black hoody.  The owner said the truck had a few scratches when they got it back and the tires looked like someone had been doing wheelies with it.

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