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Anonymous callers help police nab four Target shoplifters
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LATHROP – Anonymous calls from sharp and concerned residents helped Lathrop police nab four people suspected of shoplifting items at the Lathrop Target store.

Two of the four suspects are minors, ages 16 and 17. They were cited and released, and then turned over to their parents.

The other two are Michael Rossler, 20, and Fernando Delgado, 19. They were arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.

According to police reports from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, Lathrop deputies received a report about four suspicious subjects near the Target store at the 16800 block of Golden Valley Parkway wearing all-black hooded sweatshirts. When police arrived at the store, they four were gone.

Not long after, police again were contacted by an anonymous caller saying the “four Hispanic individuals” were walking eastbound on Louise Avenue at Harlan. The deputies caught up with the quartet at the intersection of Harlan and O Street. Seeing the deputies approach, the suspects were seen tossing items into a nearby brush area.

In the ensuing investigation, with the assistance of additional deputies, Lathrop police recovered the four items thrown into the bushes which were stolen from Target store. One was a white and blue Memorex Blue Ray Disc Player Full HD 1080P. Two were pink Bytech portable ball speakers and were still in their wrapper bearing the Target store barcode 0511233066. The barcode for the Sony Blue Ray Disc that was also recovered was 2724274033.