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Foreclosure yields ammo dump
Police stunned by automatic weapon bullet stockpile
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Police officer Dave Brown and community service officer Shaun Ferraro inventory items after officers found a cache of some 1,000 rounds of high velocity automatic weapon rounds, gun cases, banana magazines and instruction manuals for those guns in a vacated Mission Ridge Drive home on Sunday afternoon. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin
Manteca Police are looking for the automatic weapons that go with the 1,000 rounds of ammunition they discovered Sunday in a vacated residence in the 1000 block of Mission Ridge Drive.
Two men and a woman were arrested on numerous felony charges after police searched the home where they also found two late model BMWs in the garage - one in the process of being dismantled.
A Neighborhood Watch community member called police shortly after 1 p.m. after seeing activity in a home that had been taken over by a bank and was believed to be vacant, officers said.
Patrolman Alan Shupperd was the first officer on the scene where he reported seeing a man run up the stairs when he approached the front of the house. Shupperd waited for backup and officers ordered the trio out of the house. The man who had gone upstairs reportedly came back down covered in sweat.
Patrolman Dave Brown said they discovered the .233 assault rifle rounds in cases located  on the second floor of the house along with a dozen high capacity automatic weapon banana magazines.  
There were also instruction manuals for automatic weapons , he said, but they found no weapons in their search. The manuals indicated the guns had been manufactured in the Far East.
Officers also discovered a bullet proof vest along with stolen Mercedes rims, stolen stereos, amplifiers, and checks from auto burglaries that occurred in Manteca and the surrounding areas.
Police said the garage was being used as a “chop shop” and that was where they discovered the two BMWs -- a black 1996 and a silver 2004.  They had reportedly been taken from the Bay Area.
Brown said the vehicle identification number (VIN) strip plate was in the process of being removed from  the black vehicle in an apparent attempt to try to make it legal and ready it for sale.
Arnold Sales Lopez, 34, of Manteca was charged with six felonies including the operation of a “chop shop,” altering a vehicle’s identification number, and taking a vehicle without consent. Bail was set at $1,545,375
Also arrested at the home was Alex Boughton, III, 49, Sacramento, who police said was already on probation. He was charged with four felonies including taking a vehicle without consent and altering an I.D. number for sale. His bail was set at $545,375.
Tawny Marie Depiazza, 23, of Vallejo, was arrested and charged with three felonies that included the vehicle I.D. tampering for sale and the taking of a vehicle without consent.  Her bail was $43,375.
All three were transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp. Their first court appearances are set for Wednesday, May 20, at the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m.