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Alleged robber Singh arrested for new crime
Bhawan Singh, who bailed out of jail twice since being arrested for committing five robberies of Ceres businesses between April 30 and July 27, has a new charge. The 22-year-old Ceres man was arrested Sept. 9 for first-degree home invasion robbery in South Modesto.

Singh was identified as one of two men who gained entry into an apartment in the 700 block of Anthony Ave., in South Modesto, said Rajinder Singh, the Public Information Officer with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. The two are not related.

The victim told authorities that someone knocked on the door at 7:20 p.m. and when the door was opened two men forced their way inside. The suspects ordered the resident to the back of the apartment as they ransacked for valuables.

Deputy Singh said that the men left and a witness followed Singh into Ceres while calling 911 on a cell phone. Ceres police and Sheriff's deputies caught up to Singh in the Home Depot parking lot on Hatch Road. There he was positively identified by the victim, said Singh.

"They don't know what happened to the second guy," he said.

Singh has been in an out of jail this year. He was first arrested Aug. 4 by Ceres police for five Ceres robberies. Ceres police detectives said Singh is linked with the April 30 robbery of Klassy Kuts, the May 5 robbery of Baskin Robbins, the May 17 robbery of Payless Shoe Store, the July 17 robbery of Sally's Beauty Supply, and the July 27 robbery of Sprint Nextel. He may have also committed robberies in Modesto and Turlock.

Bhawan Singh was freed from the Stanislaus County Jail on Aug. 8 after posting bail. When he didn't show up at his Aug. 13 court arraignment, his bail bondsman went looking for him. Singh was located on Aug. 23, and arrested by Ceres Police for revoked bail. During the arrest he also picked up a charge of obstructing a peace officer. His new bail was set at $100,001. Singh posted bail with the help of a new bondsman and was released from jail on Aug. 26.

The newest crime has netted Singh with charges of first-degree home invasion robbery, and false imprisonment.

Similar methods were used in all five Ceres robberies, said Ceres Police Sgt. Jeff Higginbotham. In the Sprint Nextel robbery, Singh allegedly handed the clerk a note demanding money and indicated there would be a shooting if his demand was not met. The man was given cash and fled on foot. No weapon was seen in that robbery but Higginbotham said some type of gun was seen in the other robberies.