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CRIME DIGEST

POSTED February 5, 2013 5:02 p.m.
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• HOUSE RANSACKED IN DAYTIME BURGLARY: CERES - A home in the 800 block of Cathedral Lane was broken into during broad daylight on Wednesday and ransacked for goods.

The resident of the house reported leaving at noon and returning after 5 p.m. and finding the house was ransacked. Apparently the burglar had entered through a bathroom window forced open.

Police are awaiting a list of missing items taken in the burglary.

• SHOPLIFTERS ARRESTED AFTER CHASE: CERES - Three persons were arrested Thursday in an attempted theft at Cost Less Foods on Hatch Road which led to a chase halted by police.

At 1 p.m. the store security called Ceres police to report that he was unable to stop shoplifters from leaving the parking lot. The officer was keeping an eye on Rosanna Paneda, 40, Jesse Paneda, 41, and Albert Torres, 51, all of Modesto, as they were apparently stealing four boxes of Oil of Olay, deodorants, and three bottles of Head & Shoulders. He chased the three out to the car and tried to stop Rosanna Paneda as she tried to start their black Ford SUV. As he held onto the steering wheel, Torres came around to the driver's side and tried to punch the security officer in the head. The officer let go of the car and called police with a description of the vehicle.

Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith said throwing a punch turned the shoplifting case into a robbery. Police caught up with the Ford at the northbound Highway 99 onramp north of Hatch Road. A felony car stop was executed and all three taken out at gunpoint.

Rosanna and Jesse Paneda and Albert Torres were all arrested on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. She had warrants for her arrest as did Torres issued by the Sheriff's Department. Jesse Paneda had a parole hold placed on him as well.

• DRUGS, GUNS FOUND IN PROBATION SEARCH: CERES - A drug extraction lab and two illegally possessed weapons were discovered during a Friday search warrant of a Ceres man on probation.

The Ceres Police Department Street Crimes Unit did a probation search at the home of Gilberto Suarez, 20, of Ceres, at 2121 Hackett Road. Officers found a hash lab as well as a .22 semiautomatic pistol stolen from a Ceres home and a Keltec assault rifle, and ammunition.

Suarez was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of firearms, and felony manufacturing of illegal drugs.

• DUI ARREST MADE AFTER CRASH: CERES - Darren Smith, 42, of Ceres, was arrested for drunken driving and hit and run after he allegedly drove through a yard and fence at 1924 Nadine Avenue on Saturday evening.

The crash occurred at 11:59 p.m. when a truck ran through a yard, and ran over poles and a stop sign. The driver fled the scene but the front license plate fell off upon impact. Smith, the registered owner of the 1994 Chevy Silverado, was tracked down to his home in the 1700 block of Ron Court. Police arrested him after confirming the damage to the front-end of the pickup.

Smith was arrested for DUI and hit and run.

• BROTHERS ARRESTED AT FLEA MARKET: CERES - Two Modesto brothers were arrested Sunday at the El Rematito Flea Market on Crows Landing Road after one allegedly slashed tires on a vehicle with a knife.

Flea market security called police at 11 a.m. after he and the owner of the vehicle confronted the brothers, Timothy McKenzie, 29, and Daniel McKenzie, 23, both of Modesto.

Tim was arrested for vandalism, assault, and a parole violation. Daniel was arrested for assault, conspiracy and resisting arrest.

"We've had nothing but problems out there," said Lt. Smith, who noted that the flea market is now his department's responsibility following the annexation of the West Landing annexation.

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