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Arrest made in Ceres post office robbery
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An arrest has been made in a string of thefts of postal facilities, including one committed in Ceres on Jan. 5.

Arrested by postal inspectors in Modesto on Jan. 7 was Michael Rego. The suspect was described as being in his 20s.

Christine Kearney, a Public Information Officer with the U.S. Postal Service, said a driver was in the process of making a delivery of mail at the Ceres Post Office when he was approached by two white males. The driver was held down as sacks of mail were taken. The theft, which took place between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., involved mail that was previously picked up in Turlock, said Kearney.

One suspect was described as a skinny and tall man and the other 5-foot-9 and wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt.

The Ceres post office was one of a rash of approximately eight to nine burglaries and robberies.

"We believe they are connected," said Kearney. "We don't know for a fact."

The first theft occurred in August. The Patterson post office was broken into Dec. 5. A French Camp driver was accosted by suspects on Dec. 17.

"There's never been weapons seen at any of these," said Kearney. "But because the person was pushed aside it's classified as a robbery."

Kearney said one suspect was arrested in the case but the second suspect is outstanding. A $50,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the second suspect. Persons may contact Postal Inspector Jennifer Vincent at 983-6467.