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Redlands Police Department
Wednesday March 16th, 2011 :: 04:50 p.m. PDT


Colton gang member arrested for burglary, crashing stolen car

Colton gang member arrested for burglary, crashing stolen car

Redlands Police arrested a Colton gang member Tuesday for burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle after he crashed a stolen car into a police unit and escaped as police responded to a vehicle burglary call early Monday morning.

At about 3:45 a.m. Monday, March 14, officers responded to reports of a man entering vehicles in the 600 block of Bradbury Drive. As police were arriving in the area an officer spotted a Chevrolet S-10 pickup pass him on Crestview Road. Before the officer could turn around, the driver jumped from the moving vehicle and fled on foot.

The pickup continued to travel on Crestview toward Ford Street. The truck then struck an arriving police unit at Ford and Crestview. One officer was later treated and released from Redlands Community Hospital.

In the vehicle, which police determined had been stolen in Grand Terrace, officers located stolen property from at least two vehicles burglaries in the neighborhood.

Using Coplink, a software system that links countywide data from various law enforcement agencies, courts, the District Attorney’s Office, and county probation, detectives identified Manuel John Sanchez, 34, a documented Colton gang member, as a suspect.

On Tuesday, investigators located Sanchez, who was also wanted for failing to check in with his parole officer, in Colton. After interviewing Sanchez, police arrested him for burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle, in addition to various parole violations.

Police have noticed an increase in vehicle burglaries recently in which owners are leaving items in their vehicles. Residents are advised not to leave any items in their vehicles. Even seemingly worthless items are often an enticement to thieves. Residents are also reminded to always make sure their vehicles are locked and secure.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Rocha at (909) 798-7580 or Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681. Anonymous tips can be provided by texting 274637 using the keyword “REDTIP.”

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Redlands Police Department
30 Cajon St
Redlands, CA 92373

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-798-7681

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