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The Gustine woman wanted for an attempted break-in at a Newman convenience store that caused a fair amount of damage in the process, has been apprehended.

Katelyn Anthenien, 31, of Gustine was arrested by the Newman Police Department on suspicion of attempted burglary and vandalism with damage over $400.

Anthenien was taken into custody by a different law enforcement agency and released into the custody of the Newman Police Department from the Merced County Jail on Aug. 18.

Anthenien was wanted for a break-in that happened around 5:15 a.m. July 1 at the Newman Mini Mart at 1459 N Street.

Video surveillance showed a subject attempting to force entry into the business, which resulted in damage to the property. 

Officers Marriott, Murillo, Gil and Cpl. Parrot investigated the break-in and identified Anthenien as the likely suspect. 

Anthenien was previously arrested in 2019 for her role in a series of thefts targeting places in the West Side.

In 2019, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department was investigating numerous thefts and other related crimes occurring on the Westside of the County, most specifically the Santa Nella area. During the course of these investigations, sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Jess Bowling Station were led to the Santa Nella Trailer Park. Information had arisen about a large amount of stolen property taken from various areas of Merced County’s West Side was either ending up or being sold within the trailer park.

The investigators also learned that other crimes were being committed within the trailer park, much of which was being un-reported out of fear of retaliation by the perpetrators.   

On Saturday July 6, 2019, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s STAR Team, Sheriff’s Detectives culminated this investigation with the arrests of all seven individuals involved. Arrested were Efrain Jimenez Sr., Efrain Jimenez Jr., Ricardo Jimenez, Damian Blanco, Andrew May, James Ryan, and Anthenien.

For her arrest on Aug. 18, Anthenien was booked into Stanislaus County Jail. She has been arraigned on the charges and is being represented by a public defender.