Three unrelated auto burglary suspects have been put behind bars.
First Sergeant Steve Merchant is hopeful those arrests will end the recent surge of vehicle break-ins in Ripon.
Electronics items, tools, currency, a firearm, clothing, personal items and identity documents have been stolen over recent months. Police increased their patrols in residential areas of Ripon along with investigations that led to the arrest of the three suspects aged 14, 17 and 26 years old.
Ripon officers responded on Dec. 1 to a potentially dangerous call involving a vehicle burglary suspect that was reportedly in possession of a stolen .45 caliber handgun. The rapid response of patrol officers brought the arrest of a 14-year-old male in the 300 block of South Wilma Avenue after a brief foot pursuit.
Officers arrested the juvenile in connection with multiple auto burglaries in the community. A stolen handgun was recovered during the investigation. The youth was booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on charges that included grand theft, possession of stolen property and concealing evidence.
On Jan. 5 officers on a burglary patrol arrested a 17-year-old in the 1000 block of West Fourth Street attempting to steal items from a vehicle. He was charged with theft and possession of marijuana and booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall.
Subsequently a probation search was initiated in the 800 block of South Acacia Avenue by Ripon officers, again in relation to auto burglaries in the community. Ignacio Rodriguez Moreno Jr., 26, was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on multiple felony charges that included auto burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
As of press time on Thursday Moreno was not listed on the Sheriff’s in custody listing.