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Man caught trying to sell stolen auto parts
jamie sampson

The Turlock Police Department believes they solved several auto burglaries after capturing a suspect trying to sell stolen auto parts.

The thefts were reported Monday morning and early afternoon and by 1:30 p.m. the police had a suspect in custody.

The reports were of auto burglaries and the thefts of catalytic converters and were in a few different spots around Turlock, including the 2900 block of Geer Road, the 1400 block of Colorado Avenue, and the 3000 block of Countryside Drive.

Around 1:30 p.m. the police department dispatch received a call regarding two suspicious men at an automotive parts store in the area of Glenwood and Lander avenues. The caller said one of the men was trying to sell a catalytic converter.

Officers responded to the area and found the two men described by the caller. One man, identified by the police department as Jamie Sampson, 35, of Turlock, had three catalytic converters in his possession, as well as other property reported stolen out of one of the vehicles.

Sampson was cited for possession of stolen property and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for two outstanding warrants.

The second man, Aaron Sopko, 29, of Turlock was cited for possession of stolen property and released.