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Police identify modern Bonnie & Clyde as suspects in bold Ripon market burglary
Stephanie Lynn Boss was arrested in Salida. - photo by Photo Contributed

RIPON — A couple described as “Bonnie and Clyde” burglars have been identified in a mid-September neighborhood grocery store predawn burglary by Ripon Police where the security bars were ripped off the front door and several thousands of dollars were stolen.

Stephanie Lynn Boss, 32, was arrested in the service of a search and arrest warrant at a Salida residence on Sept. 28.  Boss is currently in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp being held without bail for violation of her parole for a former conviction on a commercial burglary charge. Police said she had served a prior prison term for a violent felony.

She has also been charged for the Ripon burglary of the Ripona Market at 223 Washington Street.

Her alleged partner Robert Ryan Smith, 43, listed as a transient who had been living at the Salida residence with Boss, was not at the location when the search warrant was served.

Smith contacted Ripon detectives by telephone and reportedly admitted to his part in the burglary that police had viewed on video surveillance tape the day of the crime.  Officers said he volunteered that he had been party to a string of burglaries in Ripon and throughout San Joaquin County.

Smith had agreed to turn himself in to officers and had made arrangements with officers, but failed to follow through, according to First Sergeant Steve Merchant.  A $50,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Detective Matt Ford described Smith as being a white male, with brown hair, blue eyes, standing six-feet-tall, and weighing about 190 pounds.

The suspect couple had been captured on a surveillance camera at CVS Pharmacy on West Main Street in Ripon.  Officers said the woman used a credit card that had been stolen in a car burglary the first day of school outside Colony Oak on South Murphy Road.

Detective Ford said that police agencies from Manteca, Tracy and into the Bay Area also had interest in interviewing Boss in county jail in reference to burglaries in their cities.

A white GMC pickup truck had been used in the Ripona Market break-in to pull the steel security gates away from the front door.  The truck was located, according to Ford, and is not included in the search for Smith.

Anyone with information on Smith’s location is urged to contact Ripon’s investigations unit at 209-599-2102 or call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for up to $1,000 at 823-4636.