Alleged car thieves caught after Johansen High break-in

Thanks to the help of a quick-thinking Modesto police officer, two men are in custody after allegedly stealing a car and breaking into Johansen High School early this morning.

Police received a call at 3:14 a.m. of a stolen car in northeast Modesto. The car belonged to a Johansen High School employee, according to Modesto Police Department Lt. Ron Cloward.

The officer taking the report, Ben Brandvold, mentioned to on-duty officers that keys to the school were inside the stolen car, and that somebody should monitor the campus at the corner of Claus Road and Creekwood Drive.

Cloward also said that inside the car was an item or items that would lead someone to believe the owner was a Johansen employee.

About a half-hour later, police received a call of an alarm going off in the high school’s administrative building. Officers who were in the area responded, and locked down the school to begin a search.

At 6:19 a.m., officers located the suspects on the roof of one of the buildings, Cloward said.

Arrested were Anthony Quznones, 20, and Michael Wells, 22. They were charged with auto theft and burglary, among other charges.

The stolen car, he said, was found near the school. He also said a credit card found inside the car by the suspects had been used at a Chevron station.

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