Suspect in Lodi mosque break-in may have struck in Manteca
MANTECA — Authorities believe the same man who broke into a Lodi mosque and stole cash Friday morning is suspected of attempting to break into the Islamic Center of Manteca early Saturday morning.
Manteca police reported the unidentified suspect unsuccessfully tried to gain access to the Islamic Center at 1058 S. Union Road about 3:35 a.m. A window screen was removed but no property was damaged or stolen.
Between 4 and 5 a.m. Friday, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office reported a suspect parked his car in front of the California Islamic Center, 12882 Lower Sacramento Road south of Lodi, jumped a fence and entered the mosque through an open window.
In that incident, the suspect broke three donation containers and took an unknown amount of cash before fleeing the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In both cases, the suspect’s image was captured on video surveillance. Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact the Manteca Police Department at (209) 456-8101 and reference case number 18-29218; or the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 468-4400 and reference case number 18-20585.
Motorcyclist killed in traffic collision near Highway 120
MANTECA — A traffic collision just before noon Saturday took the life of a motorcyclist on the busy Highway 120 commercial corridor just east of Highway 99, police reported.
The fatal crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of the 1800 block of East Yosemite Avenue/Highway 120, about a block east of the offramp from northbound Highway 99. The motorcycle, traveling east, struck the driver side door of a Toyota Corolla as it pulled out of a driveway on the south side of the roadway, according to the report.
Manteca police credited bystanders — including a doctor, retired firefighter and retired police officer — with coming to the aid of the downed rider to immediately administer CPR and other life-saving measures until the Manteca Fire Department and Manteca District Ambulance medics arrived to take over.
Despite those efforts, the motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene. The name of the rider has not been released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
The Police Department’s traffic unit is investigating the crash and initially ruled out alcohol as a factor.
Person shot in central Lodi; injuries are non-life-threatening
LODI — A person was shot in central Lodi early Sunday morning, police reported.
By the time officers responded to the shooting scene reported as near West Tokay and South Orange streets about 1:30 a.m., the victim had already been taken to a nearby hospital.
Officers went to the hospital to speak with the victim, who was reported suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The investigation is continuing and no further details were provided by police.