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Rash of auto burglaries plague Manteca streets
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Burglars in Manteca were apparently focused on parked vehicles throughout the weekend breaking into more than a dozen cars and trucks for the valuables they could see through the windows.

In the predawn hours Monday morning two suspicious men, believed to be in their early 20s, were spotted prowling a neighborhood on Northgate Drive near Primavera Avenue.  One was described to Manteca Police as wearing a hat with a beard – facial hair that was pulled off when the man reached the sidewalk coming from between houses and ran down the street.

An auto burglary was reported in the 2000 block of Northgate Drive some two hours later in the same general area.  On Sunday two auto burglaries were reported – the first in a parking lot in the 200 block of Spreckels Avenue at 4 p.m.  The second was in the 1100 block of Laureto Street.

Four vehicles were burglarized on Saturday with reports called into the police dispatcher at 6 a.m. from a woman resident in the 1200 block of Countryside Lane.  The second was in the 400 block of Heartland Drive shortly after 8 a.m. followed by a neighbor victimized several houses away that was reported at noon.   

The last auto burglary for the day was reported at 9 p.m. having occurred in the 2200 block of Daniels Street.

On Friday burglars struck another three vehicles taking valuables from several cars.  The first was reported about 8 p.m. in the 1500 block of West Yosemite Avenue.  The second vehicle was broken into in the 1200 block of East Yosemite Avenue at 8:30 p.m.; and then five minutes later an auto burglary occurred again in the 1500 block of West Yosemite Avenue.

Thursday morning a burglary victim reported theft from his vehicle at 8 a.m. in the 800 block of Mission Ridge Drive.  An hour later dispatchers received a call from another victim in the 1400 block of West Yosemite Avenue who reported theft of auto parts and accessories.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday another auto burglary was reported in the 1300 block of West Yosemite Avenue.

Police remind residents not to keep anything of value - or that may look like it - in plain view inside their vehicles. Burglars have been known to smash windows that cost $300 to replace to retrieve loose change or to go after a gym bag or an empty box on the premise it might be something of value.