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Turlock homeowner nabs crook at gunpoint
Second suspect reports fake shooting
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Two Turlock residents were arrested on a litany of charges following a call to the Turlock Police Department of suspicious activity that ended with one suspect held at gunpoint by a homeowner and another arrested after falsely reporting a shooting in an attempt to lure officers away from the search.

Jerrod Teschera, 31, of Turlock was charged with burglary, auto theft, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and a probation violation. Tania Deluca, 38, of Turlock was arrested for making a false report, burglary, and auto theft, according to the Turlock Police Department.

The incident began around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when the police department received a call stating a man was walking in the 4100 block of Horizon Court and looking into vehicles parked in driveways.

Officers arrived at the scene and located two suspects in the area, both of whom ran as the officers arrived. A perimeter was established around the area and officers began their search.

During the search the police department learned a homeowner on Collegeview Drive was holding a man at gunpoint, said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Webb. The suspect, later identified as Teschera, had jumped over a fence onto Collegeview and kicked open a side door of a residence. As it turned out, the homeowner was armed and was able to detain Teschera until officers arrived and took him into custody.

While searching the area the Turlock Police Department received a call reporting a shooting in an area that was across town. A quick investigation revealed the report to be false. Investigators traced the 911 call back to a phone that belonged to Deluca. When located and questioned, Deluca admitted to making the call in an effort to stop the search for Teschera, Webb said.

In the area officers located a vehicle that had been stolen from a nearby residence and linked the stolen vehicle to the two suspects.

Teschera remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.