A 17-year-old French Camp teen jailed in the theft of 12 hand guns and eight fur coats was released from juvenile hall before Manteca Police detectives could conclude serving the third consecutive search warrant in the case on Thursday.
Only one gun was retrieved and 11 are still outstanding, police said.
Officer Paul Carmona said the teen was arrested after allegedly attempting to sell the hand guns to Manteca area high school students. Officers had been tipped off by an anonymous informant.
Carmona said the guns and the coats that were valued at $32,000 had been taken in a burglary from a farmer’s warehouse in the 8000 block of Priest Road Sunday afternoon. Entry was made into the warehouse through a side window, police said.
He said the teen admitted to the burglary after officers found one of the guns in his room at his French Camp home. Police are looking for two other 18-year-olds believed to have been involved in the thefts. Both of French Camp, they are Kody Roberts and Damon Delinfante.
The 12 stolen guns ranged from a Colt .45 caliber to a Browning 9 mm and a Baretta .380. Also taken in the burglary were miscellaneous items of camera equipment, police said.
Other Manteca officers involved in the search warrants of the suspects’ homes and a storage unit in Stockton included Marnix Lub, Sam Gallego, Clei de Freitas, and Sgt. Dan Erb.