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Turlock theft suspects caught in Newman
turlock theft suspect
Newman police officers took Jeremy Lofton, 45, and Joseph Black, 47, both of Turlock, into custody on Monday on suspicion of attempted grand theft (Photo contributed).

A social media post on a Facebook neighborhood group led to the arrest of two Turlock men by the Newman Police Department on allegations of grand theft.

The post was a surveillance video from a Newman resident of two men and a vehicle involved in an attempted theft in a neighborhood and was shared on Sunday.

On Monday, Newman Police Sgt. Ashley Williams was off-duty when she spotted a vehicle parked at the Hamlet Motel on Highway 33 that appeared to be the same one from the video.

Officer Murillo began conducting surveillance on the vehicle and shortly thereafter initiated a traffic stop for a violation of the California Vehicle Code.

Clothing worn by the suspects in the video were found inside of the vehicle, along with bolt cutters used in an attempt to steal a generator. Officer Gomez authored a search warrant for the motel room and additional articles of clothing worn during the incident were also located, according to the Newman Police Department.

Jeremy Lofton, 45, and Joseph Black, 47, both of Turlock were taken into custody on suspicion of attempted grand theft, possession of burglary tools, vandalism, conspiracy and accessory charges. Lofton also had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.