An alert witness helped Lodi police quickly track and arrest five Stockton men they believe are responsible for a rash of burglaries on Thursday morning.
Between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Lodi police received numerous calls regarding three homes that had been burglarized, on the 1700 block of Blackbird Place, the 2400 block of St. Moritz Drive and the 1200 block of South School Street.
When officers arrived at the homes, they found that each burglary was similar and thought they were related, according to Lodi police.
Officers caught a quick break when a witness reported seeing a partial license plate of a fleeing vehicle.
It was enough for Lodi Police Detective Matt Latino to find out that the vehicle’s owner lived in Stockton, officers said.
Latino, along with members of the San Joaquin County Auto Theft Task Force, rushed to the home where the vehicle was registered, and soon located the vehicle in the 2200 block of East Acacia Street in Stockton.
The task force took four suspects into custody, and officers said they found two laptops from the home in the 2400 block of St. Moritz Drive inside the vehicle, according to Lodi police. Officers also searched the Stockton home, where they said they retrieved a stolen television.
Later, authorities tracked down a 17-year-old boy who Lodi police believe was also connected to the burglaries. Officers said they recovered a stolen rifle along with more stolen property from the boy.
Robert Safedra, 24, Primitivo Safedra, 19, Roger Leon, 19, Robert Baguindo, 18, and the 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, were booked into San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit a burglary.
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