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Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010 12:00 am

A detective who happened to be on the lookout for suspicious people last week not only found some but also arrested the teens for burglary.

Lodi Police Detective Paul Blandford was sitting inside an unmarked police vehicle around 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in the A&W parking lot, 216 E. Lodi Ave.

He saw a young man ride a bicycle down an alley off the 200 block of Hilborn Street, park the bicycle against a fence, then stand on the bicycle seat to hop over the fence, said Lt. Tod Patterson. Two more young men arrived on one bicycle, with one jumping over the fence while the other one rode back and forth as a lookout.

While Blandford was waiting for backup, he saw one suspect trying to get into a vehicle parked inside the fence, then saw a suspect emerge from the house carrying a black bag.

The suspects saw police and fled over fences and through yards, but all three were ultimately arrested, Patterson said.

The vehicle's window had been broken and the stereo ripped out, and it was inside the bag a suspect was carrying, Patterson said. The house was also burglarized, and police learned that the home's resident had been out of town.

All three suspects were arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.

They were ages 14, 15 and 15, so police could not release their names due to privacy laws concerning minors.

Layla Bohm

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— Associated Press

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  • posted at 4:38 am on Thu, Jan 14, 2010.


    Sounds like a good idea, PAL; unfortunately, then we'd be reading the headline "John Public and Judy Smith Arrested for Child Abuse; Children Removed by CPS"

  • posted at 2:33 am on Thu, Jan 14, 2010.


    Since they are minors and their names can not be published I say publish the names of their parents. " The son of John Public and Judy Smith was arrested for burglary". Lets see if that straightens out the problem.

  • posted at 2:11 am on Thu, Jan 14, 2010.


    I agree with LodiJoe. if they are old enought to the crime then they too should have their names published and then they should be punished as adults. Great Job Paul Blandford. thats one for the good guys.

  • posted at 11:56 pm on Wed, Jan 13, 2010.


    RE:Burglary. I say if they are old enough to do adult crimes they should face adult penalties and that includes publishing their names for all to see. Maybe public embarassment would make them think twice.



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