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Deputies Arrest Riverbank Man In Business Burglary


An investigation into an early morning burglary on Sunday resulted in the arrest of a Riverbank man.

On Monday, July 17 at about 12 p.m., deputies responded to a commercial burglary in the 5200 block of Oakdale-Waterford Highway in Oakdale. The business reported that on Sunday, July 16 at about 1:25 a.m., someone had cut through their fence line and stolen pressure washers and a pump. The business had video surveillance showing two suspects in a truck at the business when the property was stolen.

At about 11:20 p.m., a truck similar to the one seen in the surveillance video returned to the business. Two suspects drove onto the property and stole a large amount of pumps, torches, and tools. The two suspects then left the business. During the investigation, deputies identified one of the suspects as 39-year-old John Luis and located his residence in the 3600 block of Dakota Street in Riverbank. They also learned Luis was on searchable probation. After they arrived at the residence, deputies were able to find Luis a short distance from his home in a truck, and he was taken into custody.

During a search of the home and truck, deputies recovered a large amount of stolen property. They also learned the truck driven by Luis had been reported stolen in the city of Modesto. Luis was arrested for grand theft, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance.

There was additional stolen property that was not claimed by the original victim and it has been posted on the Riverbank Police Services Facebook page. If you believe property posted on the Facebook page is yours, contact the Sheriff’s Office with the case number from your theft report.