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2 arrested in theft of cheese vans in California

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MANTECA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in California have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing three Volkswagen minibuses that were customized to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese blocks.

Manteca police said Brian Lancaster and Ryan Monaco of Sacramento were pulled over Tuesday and taken into custody.

The minibuses, worth $100,000 each, were stolen Saturday from a hotel parking lot in Manteca, where they had stopped on a tour promoting the Oregon-based Tillamook County Creamery Association's dairy products.

Police Chief Nick Obligacion said the vehicles were found Monday in a storage locker that was rented by one of the suspects.

Lancaster and Monaco were being held for investigation of auto theft and other charges.

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