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2 arrested for door kick-in burglaries
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Detective Steve Harris checks through stolen property including electric power tools and a comic book collection found stored in a rented storage unit. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Two Manteca men have been arrested for allegedly kicking in front doors and burglarizing homes.

Richard T. Tsimpinos, 41, and Sean Leon Bryant, 34, have both been charged with burglary. Bryant was also charged with receiving stolen property as well as having to answer for a $50,000 warrant for a previous residential burglary, Manteca Police said.

They both are being held in San Joaquin County Jail awaiting their court dates at the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Friday – one in the morning – the other in the afternoon.

The scenario began on March 13 when police said a suspicious vehicle – a ‘90s Dodge Conquest – was seen in the 1500 block of Nicole Way. It bore no license plates and had a temporary registration sticker in the back window.

An occupant from the car was seen by a neighbor as he walked up to local homes near her house.  She thought the activity was suspicious and later learned a nearby home had been burglarized and reported what she had seen.  

Police located the vehicle later in the week and made a traffic stop in the 1500 block of West Yosemite Avenue identifying the driver and his passenger.  

On April 14, shortly before 10 a.m. another residential burglary occurred in the 600 block of Edison Avenue.  A subject kicked in the front door not knowing the owner was in the home.  The suspects were confronted by the resident and they ran out of the house, police said.

Detective Rob Armisino said the two left their car parked in front of the house.  It was a 1991 Dodge Conquest missing its license plates.  Later that day the two alleged responsibles were identified as Bryant and Tsimpinos.

Tsimpinos was arrested later that day at a residence in the 400 block of North Grant Avenue for a total of three residential burglaries, Armisino said.

Police served a search warrant on April 15 on a Manteca storage facility rented by Bryant which they said revealed property taken in a burglary that occurred in the 2000 block of Solothurn Way.  

Bryant was arrested around midnight on April 20 after he was located at his residence in the 400 block of North Grant Avenue.  “When they walked in he just put his hands up and gave up,” the detective said.  He added that Bryant is a suspect to an additional five burglaries that are still under investigation.

Bryant’s total bail was set at $210,000 and Tsimpinos bail was a lesser $50,000.

Stolen property still missing includes jewelry, firearms and electronics, the detective said.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Manteca Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous to receive a reward.