Parking lot thief threatens security officers

STOCKTON — A man was seen taking tools from a mall parking lot along Pacific Avenue on Monday evening and threatened security officers when he was confronted, police said.

The 33-year-old man was reported to have been looking inside vehicles at 7 p.m. in front of Sherwood Mall and was seen taking tools from the bed of a truck.

Authorities said mall security approached him, and the man threatened them with bolt cutters before taking off across Pacific Avenue.

A San Joaquin Delta College police officer detained him and when turned over to Stockton police, he gave false identification by providing his brother’s name.

Police eventually identified the man as Lito Medoza, and he was arrested on suspicion of robbery, false impersonation and a warrant.

Man with gun flees after crashing car into house

STOCKTON — After crashing into a house on the 100 block of East Benjamin Holt Drive just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, the driver tried to flee from officers and when captured was found to have a loaded handgun.

Stockton police arrived at the scene to find a vehicle had struck a home. No injuries were reported, but witnesses told authorities the driver ran away on foot.

After locating the driver, identified as Tommy Sybounheuang, a short distance away, officers tried to take him into custody, but he pulled away and clutched his waistband.

Police continued to struggle with Sybounheuang, 33, until he was restrained on the ground. Officers discovered a loaded handgun in his possession.

Sybounheuang was arrested on suspicion of weapons charges, driving under the influence, hit-and-run, and resisting arrest.