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Lodi police arrest 16 during warrant sweeps

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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:00 am

In an effort to rid Lodi’s streets of several wanted criminals, officers spent Friday pursuing suspects with recently issued warrants. Lodi police officers arrested 11 people with warrants and made 16 arrests total during citywide sweep, according to Lodi Police Sgt. Eric Versteeg.

“This was just an effort to be proactive and to take some people off the streets,” Versteeg said. “We’ll get them off the streets for at least a little while and give people a better quality of life.”

Most warrants were for drug- and property-related crimes, both of which have spiked in Lodi since 2012.

“Drug-related criminals often turn into property-related criminals because they need to get money in order to feed their addiction,” Versteeg said.

Police focused their efforts on some motels along Main Street, where they made five arrests Friday.

“There’s a dense population of crime in that area,” Versteeg said. “It’s very cheap for people to stay, and people can stay for a day or a week or a month.”

Lodi police conduct warrant sweeps several times each year.

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1 comment:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:59 am on Sat, Jun 15, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    How about the west side, where not only the adults, but the kids of even some influential and well to do good old boys and their clans peddle their wares to the school kids, adults and others who are either addicted to drugs or alcohol that form Lodi's closet society of users and abusers? I guess there are no residents in the many influential and gated, armed guard communities in the livable, lovable Lodi/Stockton area? Or would it be too embarrassing for LPD to "raid" a prominent neighborhood where the "movers and shakers" reside?



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