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Police: Suspect stole 2 cars minutes apart
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A stolen silver Honda was fleeing police when it crashed through a fence at the corner of Alameda Street and Poplar Avenue shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

Two cars were allegedly  stolen by the same suspect Thursday morning – one from Walmart on South Main Street and the other from Todd Street near Yosemite Avenue and Union Road.

Manteca Police officers quoted the owner of a maroon Honda saying that he came out of the store to see his car being driven out of the parking lot shortly after 7:30 a.m.  Minutes later it was seen being driven onto Todd Avenue near Yosemite Avenue with the driver getting out of the vehicle and getting into a silver Honda parked there. 

A felony pursuit was reinitiated in the 300 block of North Union Road where the vehicle sped away – sometimes driving on the wrong side of streets.

The driver reportedly drove recklessly, police said, and was finally eastbound on Alameda Street where he attempted a left turn onto Poplar Avenue, leaving 100 feet of skid marks before crashing through a fence of the residence at the northeast corner.  Two of the occupants were arrested at the scene and a third was apprehended by a police canine.

Officers set up a perimeter in the neighborhood attempting to locate the driver but after an hour they discontinued their search.

Pedro Cruzes, Jr, 19, was charged with the theft of the maroon Honda taken from the Walmart parking lot and charged with auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle along with resisting and obstructing officers.

Cruzes is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 17, at 1:30 p.m.