Captured with burglary tools and stolen items and drugs, deputies said Donald James Wilson II, 35, admitted to his role in some 20 residential and vehicle burglaries as he was arrested Thursday night in Lathrop.
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies were in the process of investigating a rash of vehicle thefts on the west side of Lathrop when the arrest occurred. Wilson was identified by witnesses in relation to past thefts in the area. Wilson was staying at a residence in the 16600 block of Ore Claim Trail, according to the report.
With the assistance of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Analysis Team, deputies were able to find a window of time when the crime incidents were at their peak — 3 to 4 a.m. They were also aware that Wilson was susceptible to a probation search related to former convictions.
While conducting surveillance on his home residence on Ore Claim Trail, investigators were informed by Lathrop deputies that a citizen’s camera had spotted Wilson looking into his parked vehicle. While still on the scene eyeing the residence Wilson was seen approaching the home where he was staying. Deputies stopped the suspect and allegedly found him in possession of a satchel containing burglary tools and several items of stolen property.
One of the victim’s California driver’s licenses and three of his credit cards were reportedly found in Wilson’s possession along with several pairs of stolen glasses and a bottle of Hydrocondone tablets that were later determined to have been stolen, deputies said.
A search of his bedroom yielded additional stolen property to include a laptop computer, suitcase containing several, a stolen Tiffany wallet and additional miscellaneous stolen property items. Also, in the bedroom was a small bag containing a white powdery substance which was consistent with cocaine, deputies noted.
A checkbook located in the room had a hand written check made out to Wilson in the amount of $200. Wilson was said to be on probation for a 2012 conviction for financial elder abuse. Deputies said he had also admitted to having committed more than 20 burglaries.