Three arrested during auto burglary stakeout
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Tracy Police officers arrested two men breaking into a car while investigating a string of auto burglaries in northwest Tracy on Wednesday.

Tracy Police Lt. Luis Mejia said officers from the Special Enforcement unit, the General Investigations Unit and the department’s neighborhood resource officers arrested Martin Marquez, 29, and Enrique Manuel, 26, both of Stockton, when they were seen breaking into a car in the Texas Roadhouse parking lot, 2422 Naglee Road.

Mejia said officers had been conducting surveillance of parking lots near Grant Line and Naglee roads and Corral Hollow and Grant Line roads after an increase in auto burglaries concentrated in that area over the past three months.

During the surveillance, officers saw a car driving slowly through the Texas Roadhouse and the Chili’s parking lot, 2030 W. Grant Line Road. The driver was looking at cars in the lot and the officers were suspicious he might be casing the area for a potential auto burglary.

Tracy officers decided to follow the two men when they left the parking lot and stopped the car on Interstate-205. The investigators arrested found burglary tools in the car and arrested Dewayne Lewis, 24, of Oakland for possession of the tools and an outstanding warrant.

As officers were arresting Lewis on I-205, other officers back at the Texas Roadhouse parking lot saw Marquez and Manuel allegedly break into a car.

Police searched a Stockton home of one the suspects and recovered additional stolen property.

Marquez and Manuel were both booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on charges including burglary, conspiracy and possession of stolen property. Marquez is being held on $411,500 bail with Manuel’s bail set at $324,500. Both will appear in the San Joaquin Superior Court in Manteca on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Lewis is not in custody in San Joaquin County as of Monday.

Mejia said investigators are still inventorying the recovered stolen items and asked for patience as the police tries to identify and contact the owners.

• Contact Glenn Moore at gmoore@tracypress.com or 830-4252.

 
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grammaGotAnIphone
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August 07, 2014
Ok. Maybe they wanted to release the drug offenders with AB109, but it didn't quite work out that way. The law does not prevent them from repeating the same dumb mistake (grand theft auto) that very same night. 1 800 BIALBONDS. Only thing I can figure is maybe the governor does dope too? But if society is groovy with dope, then what's to say a dumbed down society will vote for a politician that can tackle these societal issues? I don't get a good feeling about the leadership in the golden state. It's certainly not what it used to be. It's obvious that society has lowered it's standards, and as a result our golden state leaders are at liberty to muck things up even worse.
ertion
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August 07, 2014
Something can be immoral and self-destructive without having to be made criminal under the law, to wit, drug use and prostitution. It serves no societal benefit to criminalize these ancient human vices, but only encourages further criminal activity and profits resulting from these being made illegal.

If you legalized drugs and prostitution and taxed them like any other business, trafficking would cease overnight, just as it did when Prohibition against alcohol was stopped.

Then you'd have a significant percentage of police, judges, prosecutors, and jailers that would have to find something else to do with their time. That, IMHO, is why they agitate so strongly against legalization. They'd rather have the forfeiture money, and the h*ll with the extremely negative results wrt civil liberties and crime rates.
victor_jm
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August 08, 2014
"Recreational" drug use, whether alcohol or marijuana, is voluntary disabling of the brain.

Why do so many of us desire the disabling of our brains while we over-eat executed animals and lounge on a couch watching over-paid entertainers?

Yes, decriminalize our sedative activities, because potential tax dollars might be collected to support a public football stadium. I suppose two questions are these: How many human activities ought to be taxed and how ought your earned dollar compete against sedative activities?

Because these are difficult questions, you may as well legalize everything, because there will always exist people who will wish to push the boundaries of acceptability, not because of creativity, but because of ...

Do you intend to disable your brain today?

Imah8ter
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August 05, 2014
coming to rob you at gunpoint soon (these thugs) and you can thank your liberal governor Jerry Brown and his AB109. they will do time served because it wasn't a violent crime. Even if a felony.
grammaGotAnIphone
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August 06, 2014
AB109 means they go to a county prison instead of a state prison. One of them is already loose. The idea behind AB109 was that they could serve time close to their families and continue working.

From what I read, it says, and I quote. One of them is already back to work jacking more cars.
Wobbley
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August 06, 2014
We can't rob people of their livelihood, even if their livelihood involves robbing us.

Personally, I think the uptick in property crimes is primarily due to lax penalties. I think we should release all drug users, and replace them with property criminals.

Auto theft is NOT a victimless non-violent crime. It is robbing people of their ability to go to work.

AB109 is an aberration that apparently fosters double dipping. If we can just keep people in county jails indefinitely we will have to build more prisons.
ertion
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August 05, 2014
Bail was set at $411K for one perp, and $324K for the other. I wouldn't be so quick to assume you're talking a simple misdemeanor for these two alleged clowns.

I certainly disagree they're relatively harmless criminals, should the allegations hold.
newtotracy
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August 05, 2014
not saying they're harmless...merely comparing the crimes in question. pretty sure these losers have a nice fat rap sheet based upon the bail...but they didn't tell someone in person that they had a gun...

I'd like to see em all go away for a long time...I'm tired of having to strip my car everytime I park...would be nice to not have to worry about scumbags who take from those who work hard.

I'm not in favor of either crime...crime = punishment in my book!
newtotracy
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August 05, 2014
I find it funny that there's so much talk on the story about 3 non-white criminals (alleged...sorry!)...but the story about the white bank robber? crickets...

hmmm...and I'm white and hate the whole race thing...but it's very interesting that this story about car break ins by these 3 scumbags of darker skin ranks higher on the "talk smack" realm than the story about the possibly ARMED white dude who robbed a bank.

not a cop, but I think one is a misdemeanor and the other is a felony...

priorities folks...ain't the color of the criminal but the crime they committed...
victor_jm
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August 05, 2014
NewToTracy,

I often think you presume too much. Has the discussion with this story been about race?

Also, who is talking "smack?"

"Priorities, folk[s]"?

newtotracy
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August 05, 2014
no presumption...just lots of time reading the comments on such posts. even this one "embrace diversity" or "go back where you came from" (though they do state Stockton or Oakland...but that in itself can lend racial connotations if one wants it to)...

I'm not talking smack...merely reminding people (aka folks) that it's not the color of the person who commits the crime that is the issue...but the crime itself.

both are criminal acts (breaking into cars and robbing banks) but physically threatening a human being with an alleged weapon is a wee higher on MY personal threat level than busting out a window. granted...I'd be ticked off to stop for a steak and lose a stereo to some opportunistic loser.

smack would be if I said something like "jeez everyone is so stupid here"..."priorities folks" not so much smack. :-)
Sneaky
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August 05, 2014
I think you are reading too much into the stories and comments, New. While there may be a rare person here or there that makes it a race thing I don't see that in the coverage or the comments as a whole. The reason for the more vitriolic comments against the 3 car burglars vs the bank robber probably has more to do with the fact that there are faces to associate with the crime in the first case and none in the latter. I would also bet that there are far more folks out there who are prior victims of car burglary than there are folks that are prior victims of bank robbery. That no doubt makes them more likely to comment in the one case than in the other and more likely to have harsher comments regarding the crime they have been victims of.
stopkiddingme
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August 04, 2014
Temporarily in cudtody at best.... I know people who had their cars broken into at Applebees this evening. Im sure these guys were out of jail by 5pm today only to continue victimizing those patronizing the restaurants near the mall.
monsterdad3k
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August 04, 2014
Glad to have them off our streets, temporarily any way. I'm sure they are just a few of many who case our town looking for the perfect opportunity to rip you off while you're out stuffing your face.

PublicCitizen
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August 04, 2014
Embrace diversity.
victor_jm
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August 04, 2014
"Embrace diversity."

What does this mean? Does it mean diversity of metaphysics? Does it mean diversity of complexion? Does it mean diversity of physique? Does it mean diversity of physiognomy?

Does it mean embracing squalor, benightedness, indolence, and ignorance?

grammaGotAnIphone
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August 04, 2014
Maybe it means everyone has an opinion and it sometimes stinks. Maybe these three dimwits had an opinion and it stunk. But they embraced that crap anyway. Wrapped their arms around it and stuck their nose so far into that crap that they forgot what it smelled like. Maybe any dimwit from any culture and walk of life can make the same crappy decisions. That's diversity. Why? Because there are dimwits everywhere these days.
LeonsFired
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August 04, 2014
Outstanding job Tracy PD
Sero7
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August 04, 2014
How about getting a job instead of stealing from others. Better yet, go back to your own hometown, Stockton and Oakland and stay out of Tracy. Oh, the Government doesn't already give you enough handouts to keep you going so you got to steal from others. Bottom of the Barrel these losers are! Dumb and Dumber!
victor_jm
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August 04, 2014
It is all about growth. Growth is the supposed answer to our ills. This is the big lie. In 1970, the population of this country was a bit over 200 million. Well, we know what it is now. People say we need economic growth, but this isn't the real answer. Get used to guys like this visiting your neighborhood. Tracy leaders want Tracy's economy to grow because they think this is the answer to many of our problems, but we know it isn't. What does growth entail? Well, as it is understood today, it entails people from over 27 different countries crossing our southern border because apparently whatever it is they think they can get, it can be had in America. Even if crime rates stay the same, high-density living will likely bring crime closer to you. The eco-friendly urban developers want us living on top of each other, though they deny their meat eating is the most eco-destructive practice in this country. I tell anyone who will listen: If you are over 18, unemployed, able-bodied, not going to school, and your family receives any kind of public assistance, then you will join the ranks of others like you who will do the crop work performed by immigrants. Stop the lies.
grammaGotAnIphone
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August 04, 2014
I understand your desire to promote abortions only because the three dimwits pictured here probably deserve your insults. But I do think that in your ramblings that you have confused growth with population control. Population control (or lack of control) is where we have babie mommas poppon em out so fast these boys need to jack cars for a living. Growth is trying to provide solutions to population.

Without good solutions we are left with babies mommas poppon em out and nowhere to putem but Oakland. I suggest we educate people and you suggest we sterilize these three dimwits. OK, you win. I'm all for it. But how do you sterilize a dimwit without sounding like Hitler? Oh, in Texas we would be discussing capital punishment for jacking a car? A little too boorish for your tastes?
grammaGotAnIphone
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August 04, 2014
By the way. I hope your not like Charles Mansion or something. You have some mecca planned when you put your head beneath the sand?
victor_jm
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August 05, 2014
Did someone say something about sterilization?

Also, I know the difference between population growth and economic growth, though my rambling may have distorted this.

No "mecca plan," though I must say your comments seem to be rambling, as well.

Keep your head above the surface.
grammaGotAnIphone
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August 05, 2014
Let's talk castration? Get out of jail after a two week recovery. Ladies get a mastectomy, why not the guys?


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