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Teen burglars kick in front door
Homeowner, burglars in confrontation by Sierra High
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A homeowner in the 1800 block of Weybridge Way surveys the damage to his front door by burglars Thursday morning. Manteca Police officer Dave Brown looks for an indication of just how the door was broken down — no foot prints were found on the door. - photo by GLENN KAHL
A brazen gang of teens kicked in the front door of a Manteca home just north of the Sierra High campus Thursday morning while the owner was inside.
“It sounded like a cannon was going off,” the homeowner told Manteca Police officers Thursday morning after four Hispanic teens blew through his front door in the 1800 block of Weybridge Way.
“I at first thought my whole front window had blown in,” he said after police swarmed the area near West Yosemite Avenue and Fishback Road.
The resident was home alone working on a computer on the second floor when he heard a knocking on his front door.  The knocking got progressively louder he said.  His wife was at work and his 13-year-old son was in school.
As he eased his way down the steps toward the door the knocking ceased and the door literally blew open.  He started yelling at the men in the doorway as he ran toward them, he said.  He doesn’t remember exactly what he yelled but it probably shouldn’t be quoted, he added.
What he remembers is that four men in their late teens or early 20s took off running toward their silver Ford Focus — or a similar type vehicle — and sped away around the corner.
Officers appeared to drop other assignments in other parts of town and set up a rolling mobile perimeter in the neighborhood.  The burglars apparently slipped through their grasp.
He said he and his wife had just been talking about arming themselves with the rash of burglaries that have been happening in and around Manteca — 24 since the first of the month.
The man’s next job was to buy a new door and get wood to replace the door jam the intruders had destroyed.