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.
Fish gate plan for Delta stalls
A plan to place two removable gates in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to keep threatened fish from getting killed by water pumps has been put off — indefinitely.
San Joaquin Valley farmers favored the "Two Gates" proposal as a temporary solution to the water crisis hitting the state and slowing deliveries from the freshwater estuary.
Years of drought, coupled with environmental restrictions on pumping, have forced farmers to idle thousands of acres and contributed to the collapse of the commercial salmon fishing industry.
Department of Interior officials say the project had to be put off so experts could review the science underpinning the project, which was aimed at protecting a native fish called the Delta smelt.
— Associated Press