MANTECA, Calif. -- Three missing vintage Tillamook Cheese VW buses have been found by police in a self-storage facility in the central California town of Copperopolis, according to media sources.
The immaculately restored micro-buses with custom colors and branding had been stolen over the weekend while on a tour promoting cheese in Sacramento, said company spokeswoman Tori Harms.
A truck and trailer used to haul them were found burning, but without the buses, about 50 miles from where they were last seen.
Thee buses were found about 9:15 p.m. Monday night by an auto theft task force serving a search warrant at B Secured Self Storage in the community about 50 miles east of Manteca, the Gazette reported.
Police opened a storage unit and found the vans along with other items belonging to the cheese maker.
Manteca police chief Nick Obligacion led the operation that led to the discovery, the Gazette reported. The task force included the Manteca, Stockton and Lodi police agencies, the California Highway Patrol, the San Joaquin sheriff's office, the Manteca District Attorney and the Manteca probation department.
There are suspects, the chief told the Gazette. If they cannot be found quickly, wanted information will be released, he said.