Police recover $25,000 of stolen machinery, dozens of weapons

STOCKTON — Detectives on a stolen property case of machinery also were able to discover dozens of high-powered weapons.

Authorities had been searching for a trencher and trailer that was missing from the Lodi Home Depot store. With the assistance of a store employee, Lodi police were able to identify 38-year-old Ricardo Madrigal of Stockton as the suspect and recovered the items.

According to the report, officers determined that Madrigal was alleged to be in possession of other stolen property from Home Depot at his residence in Stockton.

A search warrant was made and inside, authorities found a stolen rototiller and trailer in the garage, along with a power saw and pressure washer. In all, the recovered items are valued at $25,000.

Also during the search of the residence, about six illegally configured semi-automatic rifles were located, including a short-barreled rifle and two non-serialized “ghost” guns, Lodi police said.

In all, six handguns, 10 rifles, dozens of high-capacity magazines, more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition and five shurikens (“ninja stars”) were found.

Madrigal was booked into the Lodi City Jail on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle. He also was booked on several felony firearms related charges, in addition to being in possession of a shuriken.

Teen confesses to carjacking of delivery man

STOCKTON — A teenager was arrested after he was found with a handgun and confessed to have taken part of a Saturday morning robbery.

At 4:22 a.m. in the 8200 block of Mariners Drive, a man was reported to have been delivering papers when two individuals got into his vehicle, brandished a gun and demanded to be taken to a different location.

In the report, the victim drove the subjects to the 3500 block of Hammer Lane, then was pushed out of the vehicle, in which the subjects fled.

The vehicle was found unoccupied back on Mariners Drive near the site of the robbery, officers said. Two people were seen near it and as police tried to make contact, they ran away.

One of the subjects got away but a 15-year-old male was detained and was discovered to be in possession of a handgun, authorities said.

He later confessed to the carjacking, police said, and was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of kidnapping, carjacking and conspiracy charges.