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• CAR THIEF GETS AWAY: CERES - A woman who was driving a vehicle stolen from the 3700 block Southern Oak Drive managed to get away after being spotted by its owner on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The female resident at the home went to her car to run an errand and noticed that a second car was missing from the driveway. She called her husband on the cell phone to ask where the car was when both realized it had been stolen. At that moment she spotted her stolen burgundy colored 1990 Honda Accord at the Auto Zone on Mitchell Road. A black woman was driving the car. The owner immediately followed the car and called 9-1-1 at 7:46 a.m. When the owner made eye contact with the driver, the stolen Honda was driven off at a high rate of speed. The owner was in the area of Jared Avenue and McNeil Way when police were dispatched.

The suspect was on eastbound Glasgow when she abandoned the car and fled. She got away and was described as being a thin African-American woman with black hair, approximately 5-foot to 5-foot-5 and between 25 to 30 years of age.

• GANG MEMBER HAD LOADED GUN IN CAR: CERES - Ceres patrol officer Coey Henson stopped a 1991 Acura Integra on Wednesday evening after suspecting the driver was too young to be legally driving and ended up taking out four occupants at gunpoint. Henson backed up when he saw that a rear seat passenger was armed with a loaded handgun.

The stop occurred in the 300 block of Pueblo Avenue at 9:06 p.m. on Oct. 27. Officer Henson saw that the 14-year-old passenger had his hands tucked under his legs and asked him to pull his hand out. When he did so a loaded .38 caliber handgun came into view. Henson backed up and conducted a felony traffic stop.

The Modesto boy was arrested and charged with possession of a loaded concealed handgun, and for being a documented Sureno gang member.

Two other passengers, a 15- and 16-year-old, were arrested for probation violations for associating with known gang members.

• WOMAN'S PURSE STOLEN: CERES - A woman living in the 2500 block of Payne Avenue set her purse onto the seat of her car parked outside of her home Monday evening when she was accosted by a man and the purse was stolen.

The victim went to her car at 10:44 p.m. and was pushed from behind and her purse taken. She ran into the house and called police. The suspect rifled through the purse and took $60 cash and credit cards. She was shaken but not physically injured.

• BUSINESSES VICTIMIZED IN SMASH ROBBERIES: CERES - Two Ceres businesses were ransacked in separate window smash robberies in the last week.

The latest window smash occurred at 4:30 a.m. yesterday at the Ceres Mart in the 2600 block of Mitchell Road. Thieves entered the building after shattering the window and ransacked around the cash register, grabbing stuff before police arrived.

A similar crime occurred around 1:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Del Tow yard. The entire office had been ransacked and the cash register was stolen.