In a random chance, a man who thought his car was at an Atwater body shop for work spotted it in Ceres on Wednesday evening, Sept. 30 and called police who learned it had been stolen.
The owner of the vehicle was in the parking lot of the Dollar General at 940 E. Whitmore Avenue and spotted his car but was perplexed because it was supposed to be in the auto body shop in the county to the south. The owner called the shop owner and inquired as to why his car was in Ceres. The shop owner went to his business and saw that the locks to his fence had been cut and the vehicle was stolen.
Ceres Police Officer Tony Scopesi arrived at 6:40 p.m. and located the car and arrested Anthony Dangelo, 29, of Waterford, who had possession of the car. He was also wanted for a prior crime. While being booked at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, Dangelo was found with a baggie of suspected heroin in his shoe. His charges include grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of heroin, bringing narcotics into the jail and the warrant.