The driver of a stolen Chrysler Pacifica put the car in reverse and slammed it into the entrance of the 22 Mile House off Highway 41 around 4 a.m. Friday, March 8.
Surveillance tape captured the incident. A male 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 the front of the store. The suspect returns and smashes the glass door, 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 taillight. 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, March 9, deputies spotted the stolen vehicle with a broken taillight and tried to pull it over near Cleveland Avenue and Tulare Street. The driver, who had three passengers, accelerated and lead deputies on a five mile pursuit through a number of side streets before coming to a stop in an alley way near 5th Street and High Street.
Three passengers -- all from Madera -- were taken into custody:
Michael Phelps, 37
Alonzo Ramos, Jr., 32
Monika Alyson Fernandes, 39 -- all three are from Madera.
The driver, identified as Abel Andrew Ramos, 23, of Madera, managed to escape.
Deputies seized the vehicle and inside recovered a tool bag containing one sledge hammer, one crowbar, one pipe wrench and five pry tools.
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 April 1.
Fernandes was booked into Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of possession of stolen property. She, too, posted her $10,000 bond and is scheduled to make her court appearance on April 1.
Phelps, who's 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. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs approximately 165 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He has a "Daddy's Girl Aranice Alyssa" tattoo across his clavicle -- 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 his 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 498-STOP. Any anonymous tip that leads to Abel's capture could be worth up to $1,000.