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article imageCockfighting, bungling burglar and a stolen truck

By Gar Swaffar     Feb 12, 2013 in Crime
A busy day in the California Motherlode for Sheriff's Deputies, nets three cockfighters, a bungling burglar on a bike and a stolen truck.
It was a busy day for the Motherlode Sheriff's Departments.
Calaveras Deputies broke up a cockfighting ring yesterday, by detaining ten men, and arresting three more.
The cockfights were staged in a shop outside a home in rural Burson, Ca. As initially reported at MyMotherlode, when the Deputies showed up at the scene, roughly thirty-five to forty-five individuals fled through the back doors of the shop.
The two men captured and charged with animal cruelty and cockfighting are: 53year-old Luis Padilla, Jr., and 25 year-old Randolph Lee Lumactod. David Socrates Valdez, a 29 year-old resident of North Highlands was arrested on charges of public intoxication.
Eighteen dead birds, thirty-nine live birds, fighting cages and cockfighting paraphernalia were found. The operation was sophisticated enough, or at least business savvy enough, to have included a snack bar to augment the income from the illegal cockfights.
Tuolumne County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Christopher Weakley, a 28 year-old resident of Sonora, peddling away from the scene of a security alarm having been triggered at the Forest Road Prompt Care in Sonora. Intially, MML reports, the deputies responded to the prompt care facility at 1:18 a.m., and found the front door shattered. In searching nearby, Weakley was spotted making a (low speed) getaway on a mountain bike.
On stopping Weakely to question why he was in the area at that time, they found evidence on his person which indicated he was involved in the break-in. No loot was taken from the prompt care facility and Weakley was booked and arrested.
Jeremia Taylor was another hapless Sonora individual who was spotted by Tuolumne County Sheriff's deputies today in alleged possession of a tan Ford F-250 pick-up truck stolen in Oakdale.
Deputies spotted the tan Ford while driving past it, since it fit the description of a truck stolen in Oakdale during a burglary, the Deputies went back for a closer look.
It was at their return, the Deputies saw Taylor getting out of the vehicle in the carport. Taylor's home was searched last December, at which time stolen car parts were found. When the Deputies check the VIN of the truck, it was found to be the Ford stolen in Oakdale. 31 year-old Taylor was arrested and charged with Vehicle Theft.
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