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In this undated photo provided by the Manteca Police Department are three Tillamook Cheese vans that were stolen Saturday July 12, 2014. Police in Central California are searching for three bright orange Tillamook cheese vans that were stolen over the weekend. Manteca police say the restored Volkswagen minibuses, worth $100,000 each, vanished early Saturday from a hotel parking lot. They were secured in a trailer pulled by a Ford F-350 pickup that also painted orange. Police say the minivans had stopped in Manteca on a tour promoting the Oregon-based Tillamook County Creamery Association’s dairy products.

Third suspect arrested in Tillamook mini van theft

Published: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 - 3:13 pm

A third man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing three custom Tillamook vehicles that were being used on a cheese tour, according to the Manteca Police Department.

Timothy Michael Davy, 38, of Sacramento was taken into custody while leaving his home.

Brian Lancaster, 32, and Ryan Monaco, 38, were arrested at a traffic stop in Rocklin on Tuesday by the San Joaquin County’s Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force after receiving an anonymous tip, the department said this week.

While the Tillamook crew was sleeping at the Hampton Inn on the 1000 block of Bass Pro Drive, the Ford pickup pulling the trailer with three custom VW Micro-Buses inside were all stolen early Saturday morning. The mini buses are valued at $100,000 each.

The truck and trailer were found burned in an attempt to destroy evidence outside of Jamestown by the California Highway Patrol, said Captain Charles Goeken of the Manteca Police Department.

Three of the bright orange cars, which license plates read variations of the word “YUM,” were discovered in a storage unit Monday at 8:30 p.m. in Copperopolis.

The Tillamook County Creamery Association released a statement on Monday that there would be a $10,000 reward for the safe recovery of the buses.

After the discovery Monday night, the association released a second statement on Tuesday about the recovery of their “beloved cheese buses.”

“While this kind of senseless crime is shocking and saddening, we are grateful for this happy ending,” the release said.

Call The Bee’s Quinn Western, (916) 321-1031.

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