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Suspected Christmas crooks busted in Ripon

RIPON, Calif. - Two men were arrested in Ripon on Friday after being caught with stolen tools and Christmas decor in their vehicle, according to the Ripon Police Department.

Sergeant Steve Merchant said Ripon officers conducting burglary patrols in the vicinity were dispatched to the area of Atlantic Ave. and Sea Gull Ct. at 11:21 p.m. in response to a call of a possible theft in progress.

Upon arrival, the officers located Robert Emerson Wangelin, 39, and Bobby John Essary, 39, in a black Acura Integra, along with undisclosed burglary tools, a Christmas igloo decoration, and property suspected of being stolen, said Merchant.

The victim of a reported vehicle burglary and Christmas decoration theft then positively identified tools and personal property, including the igloo, worth more than $1,800 that had been stolen from his truck, Merchant said.

Police looking for Manteca Game Stop robber

MANTECA, CA - A Game Stop in Manteca was held up by an armed robber Monday morning, police say.

The individual entered the store at 1349 Historical Plaza and displaying a black handgun, demanded money from the employee at the cash register, said Officer Jason Hensley.

Police found a security camera captured the man driving a dark-colored Volkswagen Jetta, early 1990s model year, about 15 minutes before the 11:43 a.m. robbery.

No one was hurt.

Witnesses described the robber as a light-complexioned black man, about 25 to 30 years old and weighing 200 pounds. He wore a black, Adidas-type zippered sweatshirt with yellow stripes on the sleeves. On his head there was a gray beanie.

Anyone who recognizes the man or his car was asked to contact Det. Bill Walmer at (209) 456-8222.

Manteca shop owner: Thieves had kids with them

MANTECA, CA - Danette Jarred is mad enough that five adults came into her store last week and appeared to take everything they could get their hands on.  What really upset her though was the four small kids the thieves brought to the store with them.

"What are they showing their children ?  How are they raising those kids," wondered Jarred.

Even though Manteca police detectives said they still haven't seen the video of the incident, Jarred couldn't be more convinced that she lost thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

"I'd like to wring someone's neck," she said.

On the video, the adults take their time grabbing wallets, purses, shirts, and jewelry while the children stand nearby.  The only employee in Monogram Magic at the time was working with other customers and didn't realize what was taking place.

Jarred said if the people were taking clothing to stay warm this winter, they should have just asked.

Family of man shot dead by Manteca officer releases video of shooting

MANTECA, CA - Graphic police patrol unit camera video of a Manteca police officer confronting and fatally shooting a wanted suspect was released by the dead man's family Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation (PDF attached) concluding the officer was justified in the shooting.

The video shows Officer James Moody firing numerous shots at suspect Ernesto Duenez Jr., 34, on the 200 block of Flores Avenue on June 8, 2011. Police had been on the look-out for Duenez in connection with an earlier domestic violence incident.

In the video, the officer is heard shouting at Duenez to drop his knife or he would shoot.

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Police dashboard cam captures shooting death of Ernest Duenez Jr. WARNING video is unedited and very graphic

During the autopsy, the San Joaquin County coroner found 11 bullets struck Duenez.