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Stockton Councilman’s House Burglarized During Meeting

STOCKTON–

Stockton City Councilman Michael Tubbs is still trying to make sense of a break-in at his home in southeast Stockton while he was at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

The neighborhood where the Councilman Tubbs lives is near the airport and relatively new. But, residents there say break-ins are not unheard of.

“There’s been a few,” said Lonnie Jones, who lives two doors down the street.

It’s unclear what was taken or how the house was broken into. It seems an odd target because it’s so hard to get in and out of the development, and empty lots make it hard for burglars to sneak around.

Councilman Tubbs left town for a speaking engagement Wednesday, but he did tell FOX40 over the phone that he was reluctant to say what may have been taken, or if there was any other motive for the break-in until police have finished their investigation.

Tubbs was one of the council members who voted last night to admonish Mayor Anthony Silva for leaking confidential information during the selection of a new city manager.

“I don’t think it’s political, I think … It happens just about year-round at random,” said Jones.

Tubbs said a neighbor tried to call him several times while he was in the meeting. When Tubbs did get word of the break-in, he told Police Chief Eric Jones, who was also in attendance, and officers were sent to the house.

Witnesses say they saw two males running down the street during the time of the break-in.

Just about every house on the block has a home security alarm sign in front of it, including Tubbs house. One neighbor said she heard the alarm only after police entered the house. Most neighbors know Tubbs lives on the street but no one knows if anyone pays attention to the councilman’s meeting schedule.

Many of the houses are rentals, and Jones said cops have been here before.

“I do know the police have came and busted in a few houses up the street and they got money and other things that’s not legal,” said Jones.

Still, Jones and several other residents we talked with feel this is still a relatively safe neighborhood.