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.
Police said the Manteca transient was riding his bicycle southbound on Raylow when he rode out in front of an eastbound vehicle and was struck receiving major but not life threatening injuries. He was transported to an area hospital and then taken to U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
The police log noted between Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 29, there were six stolen vehicles, five home burglaries, five traffic accidents, three commercial burglaries, two auto burglaries, three shop lifting charges and one robbery.
One commercial burglary occurred in the 600 block of East Yosemite Avenue that was reported on Monday at 8:20 p.m. The second was reported shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday in the 1300 block of Historical Plaza Way. And, on Christmas Eve a commercial burglary was reported at a beauty salon in the 500 block of East Yosemite Avenue. Another commercial burglary was reported on Dec. 23 in the 100 block of Industrial Park Drive east of South Main Street.
Of the five residential burglaries, the most recent occurred about 8:30 Saturday night in the 1200 block of Laurel Park Circle. Also on Saturday there were three more incidents, one in the 200 block of Poplar Avenue and another in the 600 block of Manor Lane. Earlier, on Dec. 23, another residential burglary was reported in the 500 block of Laurelwood Circle.
There were two auto burglaries, quite a decrease in numbers from last year at the same time. The first was reported two days before Christmas in the 1600 block of Langum Way occurring shortly before noon. The second auto burglary occurred on Sunday shortly before noon in the 100 block of Lupton Street.
Of the six stolen vehicles, the last was taken from the 1300 block of Devonshire Avenue at about 6 p.m. Just after 7 p.m. also on Saturday a vehicle was stolen from the 700 block of Virginia Street in the west central section of the city. On Christmas Eve another vehicle was reported missing from the 800 block of Swan Drive. Also on Christmas Eve a vehicle was reported stolen in the 1100 block of Lexington Avenue. One more vehicle was taken from the 200 block of Northgate Drive.