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Cops recover cache of stolen equipment
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Sam Miske, 48, is escorted to a patrol car Friday morning by Manteca Police officer Richard Smigelski following his arrest for possession of stolen construction tools found in the garage of his Lathrop home. The tools had allegedly been taken from numerous victims. - photo by GLENN KAHL

A 48-year-old Lathrop man was arrested Friday morning for possession of stolen property allegedly found in his residence by members of the Manteca Police Street Crimes Unit.

Officers had kept the man’s rear house in the 800 block of Thomsen Street under surveillance for nearly two hours before serving the warrant shortly before 9 a.m. detaining Sam Miske before searching his home and garage for methamphetamine possession.

Detectives reportedly discovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen items through their search. There were power construction tools in the man’s garage that was filled with wall-to-wall items they scoured in their search.

Miske was arrested for possession of stolen property that was traced to Collins Electric Company of Stockton and Adesta of San Leandro including concrete saws, nailers, a hydraulic knock out set and rotodrills, police said.

The Lathrop man was also charged with being a felon in possession of what appeared to be a .30 caliber military style rifle and ammunition.  Also detained in the home was Roland Carmona who was cited and released for possession of some two pounds of marijuana, hit on by Manteca’s drug sniffing dog, “Rusty.”

Officers also searched a storage unit that Miske had rented, saying they could find no property that they could conclude had been stolen amidst other construction equipment.

Miske was detained at the police department until late afternoon when he was released on a citation to appear in San Joaquin County Superior Court Dec. 3.

Officers were involved in the warrant search for some three hours.