Police have released the names of two suspects they believe are responsible for a string of thefts that garnered several hundred thousand dollars in stolen property.
Marc Ulricksen, 38, and David Chandler, 30, were arrested May 1 when police raided an Acampo home during a multi-agency investigation. Officers were searching for a group suspected of using stolen semi-trucks and cranes to steal and sell massive storage containers, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Ulricksen and Chandler are being held in San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property, owning a chop shop, altering vehicle identification numbers for sale, buying vehicles with the identification removed in order to sell them, and taking vehicles without consent.
Chandler is also being held on counts including being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Ulricksen’s bail was set at $320,000 while Chandler has been denied bail. Both men are scheduled to appear in court June 4.
Using a search warrant, investigators from the Delta Regional Auto Theft Team, the Cargo Theft Interdiction Program, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol raided a remote Acampo property on East Peltier Road.
According to the CHP, officers found a variety of large and expensive stolen items at the site, including a 2008 GMC pickup, a 2011 International tractor truck, a 1987 Caterpillar loader, five large storage containers, five container chassis and a stolen handgun. Authorities also found six stolen containers at other locations.
The items were stored around a home surrounded by an orchard down a dirt driveway several hundred yards off of East Peltier Road.
Ulricksen and Chandler are accused of using stolen semi-trucks and chassis, which connect to the back of semis and are used to carry the containers, to steal and transport metal cargo containers, some reaching 53 feet long, from container yards in the south Stockton and Lathrop area, said Delta RATT Sgt. Matt McKee.
The suspects sold the containers within the county and throughout Northern California for as little as $800, according to CHP. The containers could be worth more than $4,000, police said.
Since the arrest, authorities have recovered six more cargo containers, including three they believe were sold by Ulricksen and Chandler, according to the CHP.
Once the containers were sold, typically to people who used them for storage on their property, the suspects disposed of the stolen semi-trucks and chassis, police said.
Police believe Ulricksen and Chandler started stealing containers in January, when authorities saw a sizable spike in storage container thefts throughout San Joaquin County, McKee said. Several containers were reported stolen every couple of days, and in one instance, a semi-truck was abandoned with the chassis and container still attached, McKee said.
“This was an organized process,” McKee said. “There needs to be a specific skill set, commercial background, the ability to operate these type of vehicles, knowledge of the industry and connections to sell these containers.”