The "Grinch" was busy over Christmas week with a number of burglaries and stolen cars in addition to a 76-year-old bicyclist being struck on a darkened part of Yosemite Avenue at Raylow Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Copper thieves forced the closure of the Bank of America Tuesday morning in Manteca as the theft of 14-foot copper down spouts on the sides of the facility caused water from the roof to flow into the bank's interior.
A faulty tail light on a stolen car triggered a high speed pursuit that started in Stockton shortly after midnight Friday that led Highway Patrol officers southward through Manteca with a 1997 red Honda being stopped on Highway 120 near South Main Street.
Fence boards exploded in every direction in a Grant Avenue alley near Sutter Street at 5:20 a.m. Friday when the driver of a late model Hyundai allegedly ran down a 20-year-old man on foot behind his home and crashed through rear fences in three back yards.
Investigators from the Delta Regional Auto Theft Team are launching a county wide campaign aimed at reducing auto theft by distributing free anti-theft steering wheel locking devices to owners of the top nine most stolen cars in San Joaquin County.
The alleged theft of $100,000 in electricity used in separate homes in Lathrop and Tracy for growing marijuana led to an arrest by the San Joaquin County narcotics task force agents and sheriff's deputies.
A Manteca custom bike builder is offering a $5,000 no-questions-asked reward for the safe return of a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle that was stolen Thursday afternoon from a RV Storage facility on Austin Road.