PHOTO: Kings County Sheriff
Kings County authorities have announced the arrest of the primary suspect in a vehicle burglary outside Dynasty Chinese Cuisine in Hanford last month.
Around 12 PM on Wednesday, November 20, deputies were dispatched to the restaurant, located on North 10th Avenue, where a vehicle had been broken into and several items of value taken, including a wallet, cash, and bank cards.
Deputies reviewed surveillance video of the burglary and were able to obtain a lead on the type of vehicle used by the suspect.
Though a suspect was also seen in the footage, deputies hadn’t had any leads on his identity.
A matching vehicle was later spotted via surveillance video at the parking lot of the Travel Haven Motel on East Lacey Boulevard. When deputies arrived, they looked into the vehicle and noticed a black instrument case with the Visalia Unified School District on it; Visalia PD soon confirmed it was investigating a burglary case in which a clarinet had been stolen from the band director’s vehicle.
Kings County detectives authored a search warrant for the hotel room and vehicle, though the room was found to be unoccupied. Nonetheless, several items were connecting the registrants of the room to the vehicle burglary at Dynasty were found.
Investigators discovered via an old booking photo that one of the registrants, 21-year-old Justin Manlove, matched the suspect in the vehicle burglary surveillance video and was also wanted in connection to a recent vehicle burglary in Lemoore.
On Wednesday, December 11, Fresno PD contacted Kings County detectives to let them know Manlove had been arrested on two outstanding warrants.
When detectives met with him, Manlove admitted to the break-in at the Chinese restaurant.
He is now housed at the Kings County Jail on his outstanding warrants as well as the burglary, with bail set at $45,000.