A Soulsbyville man out on parole from a burglary conviction in Stanislaus County was arrested on Friday in Sonora on suspicion of orchestrating two burglaries on Draper Mine Road last week.
According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, his accomplice on at least one of the burglaries remains at large.
More than $2,000 in tools were stolen from a detached shop at a residence on the 17000 block of Draper Mine Road, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release said.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, a shop burglary was reported at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, and again at 8:15 p.m. when the owner realized several more items had been stolen.
The main house was targeted on Friday for another burglary, the press release said, and a neighbor reported seeing a white minivan with bumper stickers leave the home.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, two men wearing dark clothing got out of a white van and went into a house on Draper Mine Road. While the person was on the phone with law enforcement, they said one was in a shed while one left in the van.
The description of the minivan and the suspects were shared with allied agencies and within the Sheriff’s Office network. The vehicle was located about two hours later by an off-duty Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office sergeant at the Walmart parking lot on Sanguinetti Road in Sonora, Benson said.
Deputies found the man in the white Dodge minivan and discovered that he was on parole for burglary.
David Robert Luque, 31, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, first degree burglary, grand theft, felony probation violation and misdemeanor charges receiving known stolen property and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.
His bail was set at $50,000 and he was placed on a no bail hold for the parole violation.
Sgt. Andrea Benson said specific information about the stolen tools or identifying features of the suspected accomplice would not be immediately released, she said.
Single-vehicle accident leads to discovery of DUI driver, stolen vehicle
A Sacramento man was arrested for vehicle theft and driving under the influence on Saturday after driving a stolen Ford F-350 off the road in Mountain Ranch.
California Highway Patrol - San Andreas Area Officer Toby Butzler said officers were contacted by a resident in the area of Mountain Ranch Road and Rodesino Road at about noon on Saturday who heard a vehicle careen off the road.
When officers got there, no vehicle was in the area, but a trailer appeared to have been abandoned by the side of the road, Butzler said.
A short distance away in Mountain Ranch at the intersection of Mountain Ranch Road and Blacksmith Road, officers located a 1999 red and gray F-350 pickup truck with flat tires that appeared to have been involved in a collision, Butzler said.
It was later determined to be a single-vehicle accident.
When the driver was contacted by the officers, he admitted to being the driver. A records check determined the truck had been reported stolen out of Mountain Ranch, Butzler said.
A search of the vehicle uncovered a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe, and a subsequent evaluation of the driver determined that he was under the influence of a controlled substance.
Jack Steven Gray, 51, of Sacramento, was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft and misdemeanor charges driving under the influence, receiving known stolen property, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and driving without a license following the arrest on Mountain Ranch Road.
As of Monday afternoon, Gray remained in the custody of the Calaveras County Jail.
Brandishing knife in Walmart
A Sonora area transient man was arrested for brandishing a knife and threatening to stab Walmart employees on Friday after on of the employees asked him to leave the store.
Sonora Chief of Police Turu VanderWiel said the employees had asked the man to leave the store because he was recognized from a previous incident where he threatened a store employee.
VanderWiel said he did not have the exact dates of the previous incident.
At about 2:33 p.m., Sonora Police Department officers were contacted about the man, who allegedly pulled out a pocket knife with a 4-inch blade, unfolded it, and pointed it an employee.
VanderWiel said the knife the man was carrying was legal to possess. Illegal knives included switchblades, butterfly knives, and any knife carried in a fixed position while concealed. VanderWiel said there was no maximum length for fixed blade, unconcealed knives. A switchblade was the only knife with a length provision, with any blade more than two inches being illegal.
Despite having a legal knife, the man displayed it in an unlawful manner, he said.
Troy Michael McNulty, 49, was booked on suspicion of threatening crime with the intent to terrorize. His bail was set at $25,000 and as of Monday afternoon he remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.