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Date Incident: 26 June 2016

Subject: Stolen Property Arrest

26 June 2016, at approx. 10:35 am, Officers responded to the 300 block of Fairview Lane for a vehicle parked in an unauthorized area. When Officers arrived, they contacted two subjects who were seated inside the vehicle.

One subject was identified as Luke Nunes, 22 of Sonora. The female passenger gave the Officers the name and date of birth of someone else, but was later identified as Tiffany Morris, 22 of Columbia. A records check revealed Morris had three active “no bail” warrants for her arrest. One was for burglary, one was for identity theft, and the third was for failing the conditions of a work release program.

While Officers were talking to Nunes and Morris, they observed controlled substances on the dash of their vehicle. When they were asked to exit their vehicle, a loaded syringe fell out of Morris’ side of the vehicle, which she quickly attempted to conceal. A search of the vehicle revealed another loaded syringe, a large amount of prescription pills which neither one had a prescription for, 2 one ounce bars of gold, miscellaneous jewelry, as well as drivers’ license, fishing license, and credit cards which didn’t belong to them.

The owners of the items with names on them were contacted. They all responded and identified not only the items with their names on them, but several other items which had been recently stolen from them, including the gold bars, which were valued at over $1,300 each, as well as all the jewelry and some fishing equipment.

Nunes and Morris were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail. Nunes was booked for felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor possession of prescription medication, plus possession of drug paraphernalia. Morris was booked for felony false impersonation of another person, misdemeanor possession of prescription medication, plus possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morris, Tiffany

Nunes, Luke