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South County Crime Stoppers

Serving the Communities of Manteca, Lathrop, Escalon, Ripon, French Camp and the unincorporated areas of South San Joaquin County.

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209-823-4636 (823-INFO)

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Burglary - Lathrop Police

On 6-26-08, 1200 hrs to 1640 hrs, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the residence by breaking ground level window on back side of the home. Suspect(s) stole a gun safe which contained 6 rifles, $6000 cash and jewelry.

 Possible suspect:   White/Male, 5’10”, 170 red hair in ponytail, red thick handle bar style mustache. This suspect was seen in the area performing yard maintenance type duties.

Please contact Lathrop Police Services if you have information in this case: (209) 858-5551

Calf Carcass Dumping - CAUTION, Graphic Photo

San Joaquin County - Since September, there have been multiple incidents of calf carcasses being dump in South County. Most recently a pile of carcasses were found in a canal on Duncan Rd north of Copperopolis Rd. Other carcasses have been found in the vicinities of Van Allen Rd at Zumwalt Rd, and Flood Rd at Waverly Rd. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that may lead to finding the persons who are improperly disposing of dead dairy calves.

If you have information regarding this case, please contact:
Det. Victoria at San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office (209) 993-8759 or South County Crime Stoppers (209) 823-4636


2 men rob Ripona Market at gunpoint Monday night
RIPON - Two men - 18 to 20 years old - robbed the Ripona Market Monday night at gun point.  Ripon Police said the duo demanded cash from the clerk at about 10 p.m. and fled the store in the 200 block of Washington Street with money and merchandise.  The gunmen reportedly encountered two customers about to enter the store and took their wallets at gunpoint.  Lt. Ed Ormonde said the two men fled the area in a dark colored Honda after attempting to conceal their identities. The first suspect stood about 5-foot-6 inches and weighed an estimated 200 pounds. The second suspect was estimated to be 5-foot-8 inches and weighed about 175 pounds.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is asked to call detective sgt. Steve Merchant at 599-2102 at the Ripon Police Department. or Crime Stoppers at 209-823-4636 where you can receive up to a $1,000 reward and not have to give your name. 

Manteca Police Department
Media Brief
Murder Suspects - Manteca's Most Wanted
Contact: Rex Osborn, PAO 209-456-7297

Public Help Requested to Locate Murder Suspects

Enrique Gallardo Gilberto Barajas

Manteca Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating two suspects involved in the April 10, 2002 murder of Frank Alvarado a Manteca resident. Police detectives are asking if anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Enrique Gallardo and Gilberto Barajas that they contact the Manteca Police Department or South County Crime Stoppers at 209-823-4636.

On April 10, 2002 at 10:30 pm, twenty one year old Frank Alvarado was walking back to his home from the Quick Stop located at Alameda and Main St., in Manteca. Mr. Alvarado lived behind the store and earlier had a verbal argument with Gallardo and Barajas. It appeared that once the argument was over the two suspects waited until Alvarado came walking out of the store and they then shot him repeatedly with a .22 caliber rifle. Mr. Alvarado was seriously wounded and died several days later at San Joaquin General Hospital. Police conducted the investigation and using witnesses information and by tracking the activities of Mr. Alvarado prior to the shooting developed Gallardo and Barajas as suspects. Several searches were conducted of homes in the Manteca areas for these two and they were not found. All leads developed had police believing that these two fled to Southern California or possibly to Mexico within several days of the shooting. The vehicle used in the shooting was found in a residential area in Los Angles where it had been abandoned for several weeks. Evidence found in this vehicle also assisted in confirming what police already new, that Gallardo and Barajas were the murder suspects.

Police have developed some additional leads that cause them to believe that these two suspects on occasion return to the greater Manteca area. These suspects are associated with a document gang in San Joaquin County and that this gang could be concealing them when they return to the area.

South County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 cash reward leading to the arrest of these two individuals. The police do consider them armed and dangerous and they should not be approached by anyone other then law enforcement. If you do call Crime Stoppers you do not have to give your name. The crime stoppers number is 209-823-4636.

Crime Stoppers (R)Crime Stoppers is a Tip-Line designed to allow individuals with information that will lead to the solving or preventing of crimes. These callers can report information to police regarding the location of wanted suspects, the recovery of stolen property or solving of crimes in the community.

Callers do not have to give their name, and they are eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000. The way the program works is that the 823-INFO line is staffed 24 hours a day. The caller will be asked specific information regarding the information they are providing. The operator will provide them with a number that is unique to the call. The caller is advised to retain that number and if they have additional information regarding original call to use the number and once they have heard of an arrest or recovery of property they can call 823-INFO and find out if a reward has been issued. At no time does the caller have to give their name or identify themselves.

South County Crime Stoppers is operated under the authority of the Manteca Chief of Police. However is managed by a board of volunteers representing the communities served by South County Crime Stoppers. If you are interested in serving on the Crime Stoppers Board, they meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 AM to discuss the calls received, review upcoming crimes of the month and discuss the issuing of rewards to callers.

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