MADERA COUNTY – The driver of a stolen Chrysler Pacifica puts it in reverse and rams into the entrance of 22 Mile House, and the brazen stunt is caught on tape.
Surveillance video captured the incident starting shortly before 4 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 8. One man can be seen trying to pry the door open, then walks back to the Chrysler parked out front, and leaves.
In the second clip the Chrysler returns and backs up to the front of the store. The suspect returns and smashes the glass door, and then the Chrysler rams the entrance doing further damage.
Whoever was behind this smash-but-no-grab case walked away empty handed, leaving behind shards of plastic from a broken tail light. The destruction to the two front doors and security gate will cost the owner at least $3,000 to replace.
Roughly 24 hours later at around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, deputies spotted the stolen vehicle, with a broken tail light, and attemted to pull it over near Cleveland Avenue and Tulare Street. The driver, with three passengers on board, accelerated and led deputies on a 5-mile pursuit through a number of side streets before coming to a stop in an alley near 5th and High Streets.
Three passengers, all from Madera, were taken into custody:
· Michael Phelps, 37
· Alonzo Ramos, Jr., 32
· Monika Alyson Fernandes, 39
The driver, identified as Abel Andrew Ramos, 23, also of Madera, managed to escape.
Deputies seized the vehicle and recovered a tool bag containing a sledge hammer, a crowbar, a pipe wrench and five pry tools.
Alonzo Ramos was booked into Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of possession of stolen property and interfering with an officer. He posted his $10,000 bond and is expected in court Apr. 1.
Monika Fernandes was booked into Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of possession of stolen property. She too posted a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to make her court appearance on Apr. 1.
Michael Phelps, who is on probation for narcotics and corporal injury, was booked into Madera County of Corrections on suspicion of possession of stolen property. He remains jailed without bail.
Meantime Authorities are looking for Alonzo’s brother Abel, who is 5′ 5″, weighs approximately 165 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He sports “Daddy’s Girl Aranice Alyssa” across the upper portion of his chest, a sleeve of tattoos from the top of his left shoulder to his elbow, on the back side of the arm reads “Madera,” on the outer side of both forearms is the phrase “I refuse” (right arm) “To lose” (left arm). The name “Victoria” is painted inside his right arm.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770, or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. Any anonymous tip that leads to Abel’s capture could be worth up to $1,000.