RIPON — Police are crediting increased patrols and investigative work in the arrests of three suspects in a spate of car burglaries.
According to authorities, Ripon has been experiencing a rash of thefts from cars. Stolen items have included electronics, tools, currency, a gun, clothing, personal items and identification documents, police said in a news release.
In response, police increased patrols in residential areas. In the past two months or so, police have arrested three people.
The most recent came Wednesday, when detectives conducted a probation search at a home in the 800 block of South Acacia Avenue and arrested Ignacio Rodriguez Moreno Jr., 26, of Ripon. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on multiple felony counts that included auto burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
On Jan. 5, officers on patrol in the 1000 block of West Fourth Street arrested a 17-year-old Ripon male in the act of stealing items from a vehicle, authorities said. The juvenile was booked into San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on charges that included theft and possession of marijuana.
On Dec. 1, officers responded to a potentially dangerous situation involving a vehicle burglary suspect after a .45-caliber handgun was reported stolen. After a short foot chase, police arrested a 14-year-old boy in the 300 block of South Wilma Avenue.
They recovered the gun and booked the suspect, whom authorities say was tied to several auto burglaries, into San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on charges that included grand theft, possession of stolen property, and concealing evidence.
Ripon detectives have been able to connect the majority of the reported vehicle burglary cases to these three suspects, authorities said.
Our department is reaching out to local citizens and were advising them of the need to take all valuables out of their vehicles each and every time they park it, 1st Sgt. Steve Merchant said in the news release.
Whether they are at home, work, school, a local park, attending a local sporting event or dining at one of Ripons fine restaurants, were asking citizens to remove all valuables from their vehicles to prevent the city of Ripon from becoming an easy target for opportunistic thieves, he said.