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Three Arrested After Denair Train Burglary


At about 8:34am Tuesday morning, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported burglary in progress to a stopped train at E. Zeering Road and N. Santa Fe Avenue in Denair, after witnesses reported seeing two men taking merchandise from one of the train’s cargo boxes.

When deputies arrived on scene, they contacted and detained a man who was later identified as Alfredo Gamboa, 30.

Other deputies then set up a perimeter and began searching it, including with the use of a canine and drone.

A short time later, two additional men were located and detained. They were identified as Joe Duran, 36, and Alexander Garcia, 27.

Gamboa and Garcia were both in possession of stolen property from the burglarized cargo box, while Duran was able to be placed at the scene of the crime by his shoe tracks which started at the train and ended where he was detained.

The three were all determined to be from Kern County and are believed to have boarded the train in Bakersfield, hiding in it until it stopped in Denair.

BNSF Railroad Police responded to assist with the investigation and mentioned that there has recently been an increased number of cases where suspects hide on trains and wait for them to stop to steal property.

Gamboa, Duran, and Garcia were all arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of conspiracy and burglary. Gamboa and Garcia were also charged with receiving stolen property.

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