Cousins Aaron J. Blueford and Alfonzo R. Turner, both 20 years old, are facing numerous felony and misdemeanor charges suspected of as many as a dozen residential burglaries Monday in city as well as the surrounding county areas that led police on a high-speed chase from Manteca to Alameda County.
A 17-year-old teen – a brother to one of the men – was placed in Juvenile Hall in French Camp on similar charges after the trio was returned to Manteca Monday night in a police transport van. Officers said the men admitted to have been headed toward Oakland where one of them lived. The other two resided in Tracy, police said.
Tracy Police have also reported their interest in the men for a series of unsolved home burglaries in that community where residents have witnessed a white Lexus leaving the area.
The CHP officers in the pursuit, as well as trailing Manteca officers, were called off in the Monday pursuit – Manteca units first – when they were met with heavy commute traffic near Interstate 680 in Alameda County beyond the Altamont. Motorists called police when they witnessed the men throwing numerous items onto the roadway from their 1992 Lexus.
Officers had been warned to be cautious and to keep their distance because the men were believed to be armed, having taken weapons in the thefts.
Dublin Police and Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies came on the car as it was being abandoned reportedly due to an empty gas tank. One was arrested near the car and the other two were apprehended in a short foot pursuit by officers.
Aaron Jeral Blueford is being charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors including conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary, receiving stolen property and a second burglary charge as well as resisting and evading police officers. His bail has been set at $1,113,000. He is scheduled to appear at the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today, Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m.
No court date has been set for Alfonzo Ray Turner who is being charged with two felony counts of burglary, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. He is being held in lieu of $1,010,000 bail.
Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Les Garcia said Tuesday that his department is adding three additional burglary charges involving break-ins Monday in the 20000 block of Tinnin Road, south of Manteca; 10000 block of East Louise Avenue and in the 10000 block of Jeanie Road.
Garcia said the Sheriff’s Office received a total of seven reported home burglaries on Monday occurring in the South County that could be linked to the two men. Another 12 were reported throughout the county, he added.
Deputy Garcia said a special detective has been assigned to investigate the county cases to determine if any of the others are linked to the two men.