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One burglar identified in VFW break-in
Turlock police seeking whereabouts of suspect
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Ricky Dean Beets Jr. - photo by Photo Contributed



The Turlock Police Department has identified one of the two suspects who broke into the Veterans of Foreign War Post 5059 hall and are currently seeking his whereabouts.

The second suspect remains unidentified and investigators are hoping the public might be able to provide information on his identity.

The VFW hall at 1405 E. Linwood Avenue was broken into around 3 a.m. Tuesday by two male suspects. The thieves attempted to pry loose an automatic teller machine, first with a truck and then with tools, but they were unsuccessful.

The thieves did steal vintage rifles from World War I and World War II, but the guns had been modified so that they are not capable of firing. They also stole alcohol and caused a considerable amount of damage at the hall.

From the video surveillance investigators were able to identify one of the burglary suspects as Ricky Dean Beets, Jr., 32. Beets is currently wanted for burglary and possession of stolen property. The truck used in the break-in was stolen.

The police department is asking for the public’s help in locating Beets. If Beets is located, the police advise to not approach him, but to contact the dispatch center at 668-1200 for immediate assistance. In case of an emergency please call 9-1-1. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts or anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Jason Tosta at 668-5550 ext. 6624.