Modesto traffic stop yields stolen power tools

Three men allegedly pulled off a hardware store burglary, but were caught minutes later by officers making what appeared to be a simple traffic stop.

Modesto Police Department officers were called to the Orchard Supply Hardware store at 2800 Sisk Road on Sunday night at 9:54 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found the front door had been pried open, according to Lt. Ron Cloward of the Modesto Police Department.

At about the same time, two officers working for the department’s Street Crimes Unit pulled over a car for a traffic violation near the corner of N. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Ruberto Drive.

Officers saw unopened boxes of Milwaukee power tools in the car, several thousands of dollars worth, Cloward said. and also had just heard the report of the burglary at OSH.

“They connected the dots,” Cloward said.

A store manager was called to the scene and identified the tools as those stolen from the store.

Arrested were Jaime Muniz, 24; David Avina, 44; and Jorge Mendoza, 47. They were charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy, Cloward said.

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