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Burglars shoot at victims
During car break-in at Bass Pro parking lot
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Units from five police agencies joined in a Friday night high speed chase of three car burglary suspects who reportedly fired two shots at their victims as they fled from the Bass Pro Shops parking lot located on the Highway 120 Bypass at about 9:30 p.m.

The victims had given chase in their car following the suspect vehicle up Main Street and then east on Highway 120 to Escalon where the trio’s vehicle rolled to a stop near the Taco Bell fast food restaurant on San Miguel Avenue.

Manteca patrolman Bob Anderson and his canine partner “Hoss” captured one of the alleged burglars with a dog bite following his bailing from the car. A second suspect was captured as he got out of the car.

As Manteca officers first  took over the pursuit from the victim on Main Street, Ripon Police and other agencies were notified and attempted to cut off the suspects as they drove eastward through that community.  Escalon officers, Sheriff’s deputies and units from the California Highway Patrol went to the aid of the Manteca officers converging in the direction of the chase.

A CHP helicopter was called to Escalon from Auburn to search the corn fields from the air with a heat seeking device that would pinpoint the location of any suspect hiding within the corn stalks.

Officers set up a perimeter around three corn fields in the area of Highway 120 and the railroad tracks at the west entrance to Escalon looking for the outstanding suspect.  The dog bite victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

As of 11 p.m. officers were continuing to search for the outstanding suspect.