Police Beat – Feb. 16
Two vehicle thefts were reported in Newman over the weekend, authorities said.
A 1995 Acura Integra was reported stolen Feb. 11 from the 1600 block of Great Basin.
A 1997 Plymouth Breeze was reported stolen Feb. 12 from the 500 block of Crow Mountain.
Neither vehicle had been recovered as of Tuesday morning.
Police said a utility trailer and a camper trailer were reported stolen Feb. 7.
According to police reports, the trailers had been parked in an alley between the 1200 blocks of S and R streets.
The trailers had not been recovered as of Tuesday morning.
Newman police received 189 calls for service, handled 22 cases, made five arrests, issued 31 traffic citations and towed one vehicle in the week ending Feb. 12, according to the department’s weekly activity report.
A Gustine man was arrested early Feb. 10 on suspicion of burglarizing a closed North Avenue cheese plant.
According to police reports, an officer observed a man leaving the abandoned Valley Gold plant shortly after 3:15 a.m.
Police said the subject, identified as 31-year-old Enrique G. Villano, was seen throwing items on the ground as the officer approached. The items, which included copper wire and metal pipe, were subsequently determined to have been stolen from the plant.
Villano was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, committing a felony while free on bail or own recognizance and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Gustine police said Isaias L. Leal, 24, of Newman, was arrested Feb. 8 on suspicion of drunken driving.
According to police reports, an officer responding to a report of a vehicle partially off the roadway near Highway 33 and Jensen Road made contact with Leal at that location and subsequently took him into custody on suspicion of DUI.
Police said Leal was cited and released to the custody of a responsible adult.
Gustine police said a 14-year-old female was taken into custody on charges of having a weapon on school grounds after being found in possession of a locking three-inch knife at Gustine High on Feb. 8.
Authorities said the student was cited on the felony charge and released. Police said additional charges are possible, stemming from a subsequent report that the student had threatened another with the knife.
Police said a 2004 Ford Expedition was reported stolen Feb. 8 from the 100 block of Jensen Road.
The vehicle had not been recovered as of Tuesday.
Gustine police received 104 calls for service, handled 21 cases, made 13 arrests and issued seven traffic citations in the week ending Feb. 14.