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Stolen tools found in traffic stop

A call about two suspicious men in a Turlock store led to a traffic stop that turned up tools that had just been shoplifted from the Harbor Freight store about a half hour earlier, the Turlock Police Department reported.

Just after noon on Wednesday, the police department dispatched officers to the 3300 block of Countryside Drive after receiving a call about two suspicious men in the store who appeared to be attempting to steal merchandise, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

Prior to the officers’ arrival, the two men had left, but store security was able to give officers a description of the vehicle they left in, along with the woman behind the wheel.

The officers located a vehicle matching the description in the area and initiated a traffic stop, Parmley said.

The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Carl Goodman, 41; Primitivo Gratton, 39; and Bethanie Smith. Both Goodman and Gratton had warrants for their arrest and Smith was on parole.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and the officers located power tools from Harbor Freight. A call was made to the store and officers were told two men had stolen the tools around 11:30 a.m. that day.

All three subjects were arrested on theft and conspiracy charges.  Smith was also booked for a parole violation and possession of a controlled substance. Goodman and Gratton were also arrested for their warrants.