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CRIME DIGEST

POSTED January 22, 2013 5:24 p.m.
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• ARRESTS MADE IN FLEA MARKET BURGLARY: CERES - Two 16-year-old Modesto males were arrested for second-degree burglary and conspiracy after they were spotted stealing items from a car at the El Rematatio Flea Market, at 3113 Crows Landing Road.

A citizen called police at 4:37 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 to report seeing men taking things from a 2000 Nissan Sentra and loading them into a 1994 Lexus 300. A license plate led police to the 600 block of Seattle Street in south Modesto where the suspects' car was located. Police observed numerous gang members around the car. It was watched as it drove to a market on Butte Avenue. When it left there a number of officers stopped the car. The witness positively identified the teens as the burglars. They were then booked into Juvenile Hall.

The stolen items were not recovered.

The flea market is within the new 960-acre West Landing Annexation which placed services within the city of Ceres after prior county jurisdiction.

• RESIDENT CITED FOR LOUD PARTY: CERES - Allowing a loud party attended by 100 to 150 people that disrupted Van Nordstrand Court resulted in the host being cited by police early on Saturday.

Officers showed up at the house at 12:51 a.m. and broke up the party, which was being attended by known gang members.

Susana Natzuz, 20, was cited for violating the municipal code for noise.

Lt. Brent Smith said his officers have had problems with similar problems at the same residence in the past.

• MENTALLY DISTURBED MAN TAKEN IN: CERES - A 24-year-old Ceres man was arrested by Ceres Police on Sunday and taken in for mental health evaluation after acting berserk during a family disturbance at his mother's house in the 2300 block of Whitmore Avenue.

Officer Ross Bays rolled up to the house after being called at 4 p.m. and a male in front of the house spotted him and yelled, "It's on now!" The man had wrapped a shirt around his hand after punching out a window of the house. Bays grabbed the man and threw him to the ground. The man apparently was suffering from extreme mental issues, said Lt. Brent Smith. He had to be restrained and taken by ambulance to Modesto where he was placed in a 72-hour mental health evaluation.

• RECYCLABLE THEFT CITATION MADE: CERES - Shaun Warren, 34, of Ceres, rolled his bicycle up to a curbside recycling container on Thursday, Jan. 17 and was observed rummaging through it to remove recyclables worth money. Officer Jon Vera watched Warren during the 9:43 a.m. incident at Don Pedro and Blaker roads and then cited him under the city's new municipal code outlawing the practice.

"It is illegal recycling," said Lt. Brent Smith of the Ceres Police Department. "We're trying to put a stop to this. We will have zero tolerance on removing items from trash cans. We believe it will cut down on thefts. These are your recyclers who steal your copper wiring and other things when they come into your neighborhoods. They are hooked on drugs and everything else."

• ILLEGAL U-TURN LEADS TO ARREST: CERES - An illegal and unsafe U-turn maneuver atop the Hatch Road/Highway 99 overpass on Monday evening led to the arrest of an unlicensed and intoxicated Atwater man.

An officer witnessed Juan Anaya-Medina, 27, making the unsafe move at 11:23 p.m. The driver was pulled over and booked for driving on a suspended license and drunken driving since his blood alcohol content measured at 0.15. The man's license had been suspended for two prior drunken driving convictions.

• THREE SEPARATE METH ARRESTS MADE: CERES - Three bicyclists riding at night were stopped and arrested after being found in possession of methamphetamine during the past week.

At 1:21 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, James Wood, 24, of Modesto, was stopped in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store at 1305 Herndon Avenue. On probation and legally searchable for no cause, Wood was found with a meth pipe and a syringe filled with methamphetamine. He was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

On Monday at 8 p.m., Tommy Rhodes, 23, of Ceres, was stopped while riding his bike at Central Avenue and Industrial Way and found in possession of a usable amount of methamphetamine.

A short while later, at 8:59 p.m., an officer made a bike stop on Amanda Brogdon, 23, of Modesto, who was found in possession of methamphetamine.

• ATTEMPTED MURDER: CERES - Ceres Police Department have arrested 19-year-old Turlock resident Jordan Johnson for attempted murder, but are not releasing information because of an ongoing investigation. Releasing any further information could potentially bias witnesses and jeopardize the integrity of the case, said investigators.

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