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• MORE SCHOOL WIRE THEFTS: CERES - Wire thieves struck two school facilities either Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, Feb. 17.

At La Rosa Elementary School near Whitmore Avenue and Eastgate Boulevard, thieves stripped wire from 15 light poles. At Central Valley High School on the other side of Ceres, thieves took wiring from eight poles in the parking lot.

The damage comes to $2,500.

• PURSE SNATCHER APPREHENDED: CERES - Two teenagers were arrested Wednesday, Feb. 17 after they conspired together to steal a woman's purse at a bus stop at Hatch and Richland.

A 68-year-old woman was waiting at the bus stop at 3:30 p.m. when a car pulled up and the passenger jumped out and forcably ripped her purse from her grasp. He got back into the car and fled. Witnesses gave a good description of the car which was stopped later at Central Avenue and Hatch Road. Driver Hafid Ortiz, 18, of Ceres, was arrested and led police to his passenger, which he had just dropped off. Officer Jeremy Caron went to the residence of Josue Montuy, 18, and saw suspect try to run out the back of the house. The officer found yellow earrings belonging to the victim in Montuy's pocket and $210 in cash which was the exact amount of cash taken from the purse.

Both Ortiz and Montuy were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.

• FELON FLEES TO ROOF: CERES - Officer Freddie Ortiz stopped a man on a "pocket bike" at Richland and Nadine early Thursday morning and learned that he was wanted for felony warrants.

At 4:18 a.m., Ortiz stopped Outhay Sengaloune, 30, of Modesto. When the officer learned that Sengaloune had warrants, the suspect ran off and eventually made his way onto a roof of a home in the 1700 block of Jenner Court. Officer Pat Dayton and Officer Ortiz climbed on the roof after the suspect but he jumped off. Ortiz also jumped off, injuring his ankle. Sengaloune was arrested after a 200-yard foot pursuit. Police found burglary tools on Sengaloune and also arrested him for delaying or obstructing an officer.

• POLICE CHASE STOLEN CAR: CERES - An 11-mile police pursuit of a stolen car began Friday evening when Officer Chris Melton observed a gray Ford Windstar running through a stop sign on Fourth Street at Whitmore Avenue.

When Melton tried to pull the driver over at 7:55 p.m. the pursuit was on. The chase traveled eastbound on Whitmore Avenue through Hughson. The driver of the stolen van clipped the back of a vehicle at Whitmore and Geer but continued driving until Whitmore ends at Montpelier Road in the Hickman area. There the driver slid the van sideways into a dirt driveway and surrendered.

Driver Jameel Shaheed, 22, of Modesto, was charged with auto theft, possession of a stolen property, hit and run, and DUI.

• MAN THREATENS TO KILL, HIDES IN ATTIC: CERES - A Ceres parolee was flushed from a business attic where he hid after threatening to kill everyone at Family Pizza and Bar in the Richland Shopping Center Saturday night.

Shawn Tinbrink, 38, of Ceres, said he had a gun but ran into Dennis' Sav On Liquors when police arrived. The suspect climbed up into an attic that ran the whole length of the building, and at times nearly fell through the roof of the liquor store.

Police sent canine Axel into the crawl space in an attempt to get Tinbrink out. The dog bit Tinbrink who was then heard screaming in pain but did not immediately surrender.

Axel was sent up a number of times and at one point fell onto a concrete floor. The suspect refused to come out so two officers tried to get to him.

"There were places we couldn't get in with girders and air conditioning in the way," said Lt. Brent Smith.

Tinbrink finally gave up after about a 2 1/2 hour standoff. He was dressed in only his boxer shorts and had sustained numerous dog bites. Tinbrink was treated at a Modesto hospital for bites and charged with burglary, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools (screw driver and a device to break windows), making terrorist threats, vandalism, and parole violation.

v FRIEND'S STOLEN CAR SPOTTED: CERES - A car stolen on Feb. 12 in Ceres was spotted by the owner's friend as it was being driven Sunday into the Food 4 Less parking lot at Hatch and Mitchell. The friend called 911 and officers arrived to make a 4 p.m. felony car stop on the occupants.

Inside the brown 2000 Toyota Corolla were driver Thomas Adams, 46, of South Modesto, and passenger Anthony Cartwright, 46. Brown was charged with auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. Cartwright, was charged with a parole violation and possession of stolen property.