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Potential Car Burglaries Averted In Sonora

Sonora, Ca — It appears the Sonora Police Department may have prevented some potential car burglaries from occurring.

An officer recently conducted an early morning traffic stop on Mono Way. The driver, 27 year old James Vanbuskirk of Modesto was reportedly displaying signs of being under the influence. The officer decided to search the suspect, which revealed that Vanbuskirk had in his possession a two-way radio, screwdriver, gloves and flashlight.

A passenger, 31 year old James Reese, was already on parole for burglary. During a search of Reese, the officer found a pry tool and a pair of pliers. Also found in the vehicle was a large knife, metal bolt cutters and metal knuckles.

“The actions of the officer, we believe, helped prevent any burglaries from occurring in the area,” says Lt. Mark Stinson.We believe these individuals came up from the Modesto area to burglarize vehicles in the Sonora area.”

Two others in the vehicle, 34 year old Stephanie Aguiar of Oakdale, and 20 year Paula Tavares of Oakdale, did not have any burglary tools in their possession.

Tavares, however, was booked in county jail for possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Reese was arrested for possession of burglary tools and violation of parole. Vanbuskirk was taken in for possession of an illegal weapon, burglary tools, being under the influence of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license. Aguiar was not arrested.

Written by BJ Hansen