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Man, 47, Suspected In Rash Of Broken Windows In Downtown Manteca

MANTECA (CBS13) — A man suspected in a rash of vandalism in downtown Manteca has been arrested, police say.

Manteca police say, since September 9, downtown businesses have been dealing with a string of window smashing. In at least nine separate incidents, windows have either been shot out with a BB gun or smashed with a rock.

Tuesday morning, after another window was smashed, clear enough surveillance video was captured that helped police identify the suspect.

Surveillance video allegedly showing cook. (credit: Manteca Police Department)

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Officers reportedly found the suspect lurking in the downtown area later Tuesday night and arrested him.

The suspect has been identified as 47-year-old Joseph Cook. Police say he admitted to several incidents of vandalism.

Cook has been booked into San Joaquin County Jail and is facing felony vandalism charges.

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