GUSTINE - Two Modesto residents were arrested Tuesday, Dec. 17 for the burglary of Borrelli Market in Gustine earlier that day, police reported.
An automated teller machine taken from the store was recovered, authorities said.
Gustine Police Lt. Samuel Joseph, who is overseeing the department, said the incident started with two calls in close order around 4 a.m. The first was a burglar alarm call at Borrelli’s Market, Joseph said, and the second minutes later involved a suspicious vehicle on Jensen Road.
Responding officers found the front door of the market had been forced open and the ATM removed. Joseph said investigators believe the ATM was loaded into the back of a vehicle but apparently did not fit and toppled out as those responsible were leaving the scene northbound on Jensen Road, prompting the suspicious vehicle report. According to a media log, the caller reported hearing a loud bang and seeing people loading a box into a vehicle before driving away.
Joseph said officers used surveillance video to make out a license plate number on the suspect vehicle, which led authorities to a Modesto address.
En route, officers were advised that the ATM had been recovered by sheriff’s deputies in Empire.
Officers found the ATM casing in the suspect’s vehicle, Joseph told Mattos Newspapers.
Authorities said police interviewed the two individuals, who were identified as Jenny Ritter, 36, and Margarito Rojo, 37, and took them into custody on felony charges of burglary and possession of stolen property. Authorities said Ritter also faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer.
Joseph said no cash was recovered from the ATM. The amount of the loss had not been determined and the investigation was ongoing, he told Mattos Newspapers last Wednesday.