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.
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