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Manteca Police makes arrests in two burglaries
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Three 18 and 19-year-old girls arrested for the investigation of a Wednesday residential burglary on Ivy Way in the northwestern section of the city are led into the booking area of the Manteca Police Department early afternoon by Officer Mike Kelly. - photo by GLENN KAHL
It was a “check mate” move for Manteca officers just before noon Wednesday when they were called to two residential burglaries within six minutes of each other and corralled four out of six suspects – three of them teen girls.

At 11:23 a.m. patrolman Randy Chiek and Detective Steve Harris answered a homeowner’s call to the 1200 block of Ivy Way that a home had been burglarized and that the resident had followed two men in his car to an apartment complex in the 1900 block of North Union Road.

He told officers he had been away from his residence for two hours and returned to find an Acura Legend parked in front of his house.  When he went into his home his dogs met him at the front door.  That was the first sign that something had been disturbed and someone had entered his residence while he was gone.  

Manteca Police spokesman Rex Osborn said the man also noticed his personal property had been stacked up in a room.  He went outside and found three suspects getting into the brown Acura at the curb in front of his home and drive away.

Osborn said the man told police that he followed them to a parking lot in the 1900 block of North Union Road where he blocked in the car so the driver couldn’t move his vehicle back onto the street and flee.  The driver reportedly fled and left the three female teens behind.  Officers Chiek and Harris arrived at the complex and detained the trio.

Those arrested were all from Lathrop.  They included Zolica Rankin, 19, Alyssa Rankin, 18, and Celina Navarro, 19.  A Play Station 3 was located in the vehicle and all three were later transported to county jail.

Osborn said property taken from the house was located in the Acura.  The driver of the vehicle is still outstanding and is being sought by police.

Witness sees man jumping fence
The second burglary call was fielded by dispatchers at 11:29 with Officer Ken Wells and Community Service Officer Shaun Ferraro responding to the scene in the 1300 block of Primavera Avenue.

A neighbor had witnessed a black Dodge Charger parked across the street from a friend’s home.  The citizen reportedly watched a man get out of his Chrysler 300, jump over a side fence and go into the back yard.

The neighbor immediately called 911 and,  after a couple of minutes,  saw the man who had jumped over the fence open the front door of the home and let his accomplice into the residence.  When officers arrived the two were still in the house after having made entry through a back window.

When police entered through the front door the duo exited out the rear and jumped a back fence, witnessed by Officer Mike Kelly.  Osborn said it was a huge railroad size fence that they had to clear.

Officers were unable to locate the first suspect and then set up a neighborhood perimeter to keep the second man from leaving the area.  Within minutes public information officer Rex Osborn spotted a man walking on Louise Avenue in pouring rain between Devonshire and Marguerite avenues who matched the description of the suspect.

Police said he was dirty and out of breath when they stopped him.  Unfortunately for him he had the ignition key to the car in his pocket – the car that had been left parked in front of the victim’s residence.

Sgt. Ralph Colin backed up Osborn’s stop and the two detained the suspect who was later taken to county jail.

Paul A. Quinones, 21, of Stockton was charged with burglary, street terrorism and for being in possession of stolen property.  His partner, who is still being sought by police, was described as a white male adult about 19 to 21, standing about 5-foot-10 and weighing about 150 pounds with sandy blond hair.  He was seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black and red writing on the front, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Osborn said that in checking out his vehicle, officers found a 50-inch flat screen TV in the back seat along with a sword, and audio visual equipment.

After finding the stolen property, police received a call from a resident in the 900 block of Parr Lane who said he had just returned home to find his residence had been ransacked.  He was missing a 50-inch television and a receiver.

Another call came in to the police department shortly after 4 p.m. from the 1500 block of Nicole Avenue where a citizen said his house had been burglarized and he was missing a sword.

Quinones was subsequently charged with two additional counts of burglary and the possession of stolen property from a total of four burglaries that had all occurred within minutes of each other.  Street crime unit officers and detectives responded to the two scenes and assisted in door-to-door searches on Primavera Avenue.

Quinones’ bail was set at $450,000 at San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp that included a $20,000 warrant for his arrest.  The women had bail amounts set at $70,000 for the conspiracy, burglary and receiving stolen property charges.

Osborn said he didn’t think the two original burglaries were connected.