3 arrested in Ripon on suspicion of car burglaries

Ripon police arrested three men early this morning on Fourth Street and Jack Tone Road on suspicion of various burglary charges.

According to Lt. Ed Ormonde, at approximately 1 a.m., Sgt. Don Luthey saw two men walk away from a parked car in the area.

Two more officers arrived, and one spoke to a third man, who was the owner of the car. It was determined that all three were “associates.”

Police searched the car, and found several tools commonly used to break into vehicles. Communication devices also were found in the car, and on one of the suspects. Luthey located two vehicles in the area that had either been broken into or had been attempted to be broken into.

Another officer discovered burglary tools discarded in nearby bushes.

The driver of the car, Rafael Mundo, of Los Angeles, along with Cruz Becerril, 20, and Angel Medina, 19, both of Stockton, were taken into custody on suspicion of burglary, attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, and conspiracy to commit a crime, Ormonde said. Mundo was also charged with theft with prior convictions for theft.

All three suspects were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.