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AUTO THEFT CHASE ENDS IN CRASH: CERES - An alleged car thief sustained serious injuries early Monday morning when he crashed a stolen car during a police pursuit.

Bobbie Black, 24 of Modesto, was hospitalized after the crash in the area of River and Moffet roads. He was to be booked on auto theft charges upon his release from the hospital.

At 1:09 a.m. Officer John Vera ran a license plate on a black Honda Accord and learned that it had been stolen in Modesto. Before Vera could activate his lights, Black accelerated through the Richland Shopping Center onto northbound Moffet Road, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph. Black struck a cinder block wall so hard that the engine was tore free from the car, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges.

ONE ARRESTED AT ILLEGAL PARTY: CERES - One person was arrested Friday, Feb. 13 after a large party gathered on the second story of a house under construction in the 1000 block of North Canyon Drive.

Police received multiple calls from neighbors saying that a large party was illegally gathering in the house. The first call came in at 11:58 p.m. on Thursday. Police arrived and saw approximately 25-50 people scattering in all directions and saw some hide in an outbuilding. Only one person was arrested: Alfredo Albor, 19, of Riverbank. He was booked on charges of public intoxication, obstructing officers, resisting arrest and possession of a switchblade knife.

MAN TERRORIZES SENIOR CITIZEN: CERES - Police are looking for the man who terrorized a 76-year-old woman in a residential robbery in the 1800 block of Walnut Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The victim heard a loud knock on her door after 2 a.m. Through the door a male named "Carlos" asked her to open the door as his wife was not breathing and he needed help. The suspect was told to go away and then he smashed the front window near the door and reached in and opened the door.

The victim, who had a two-year-old relative inside the house, went to fetch her handgun. The man overpowered her and took the weapon and threatened to kill her if she called police. The suspect took the gun and the woman's purse before fleeing in an older model dark-colored pickup. She called police at 2:39 a.m.

The suspect may have been a man who was previously hired by the woman. He was described as an Hispanic male in his 30s, 5-foot-10, with short black hair, brown eyes, wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket and jeans.

KEYES MAN ARRESTED FOR DUI: CERES - A Keyes man was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail early Saturday after he allegedly drove drunk on Hatch Road.

Sgt. Chris Perry spotted a vehicle driving on the wrong side of Hatch Road in the 2100 block. When Perry initiated a traffic stop, Henry Fisher, 20, drove into a video store parking lot in an attempt to get away. Fisher was eventually stopped in the 900 block of Central Avenue where he was arrested at 1:13 a.m.

GUN ARREST MADE: CERES - A Ceres man was arrested for carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his pants pocket Sunday evening, Feb. 22, after shots were reported in the area of 2717 Roeding Road.

Police arrived at 10:38 p.m. to check the area and found Steven Taylor, 25, was the loaded gun in his pocket. Taylor was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

PAROLEE ON DRUGS: CERES - Parolee Eric Renfrow, 38, of Ceres, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 18 for being under the influence of a controlled substance and violating the terms of his parole.

Renfrow was spotted riding his bicycle slowly in a circle and looking at closed businesses in the Richland Shopping Center. An officer arrived and though Renfrow appeared to be on drugs.

He was arrested at 7:58 p.m.

BURGLARY ARREST ON FIFTH STREET: CERES - Johnny Qualls, 25, of Ceres, was arrested Saturday afternoon after he was caught leaving a wood-working business with stolen items.

The owner of the business, located in the 3000 block of Fifth Street, previously reported that his shop had been burglarized and asked police for extra patrol. At 4:42 p.m., about an hour after the first call, the owner reported that the burglar was back. Qualls was seen leaving the area and was stopped by officers. Police found stolen items from the shop on Qualls, who is "well-known" to Ceres officers, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges.

MAN ASSAULTS LANDLORD: CERES - A Modesto man faces felony charges after he allegedly vandalized a house he was being evicted from, and then tried to hurt the landlord.

Jerry Elmore, 44, was arrested Friday, Feb. 13 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and having expired license plate tags.

Police were called to the 2100 block of Seventh Street at 10:11 p.m. by a neighbor who reported that Elmore was vandalizing the house he was ordered to leave by flooding the back room of the house with water.

Police say that Elmore tried to back up over the landlord who was trying to block him from leaving. Elmore's vehicle struck the 38-year-old victim in the shin and also struck a side mirror of another car. At one point the victim struck Elmore's window with a flashlight.

Elmore also had an active warrant for a prior DUI.

TEENS BUSTED FOR BURGLARY: CERES - Two juvenile boys were arrested Feb. 14 after they allegedly burglarized a smoke shop in the 2900 block of Whitmore Avenue.

The boys, aged 15 and 16, were cited into the juvenile court system on burglary charges as well as possession of tobacco products.

The business had been broken into a couple of days prior and was still unsecure. The boys were seen in the business at 3:27 p.m. Sgt. Deidre Borges responded to the scene and spotted the two suspects running eastbound on Whitmore. They were apprehended near Lunar Drive.

BURGLARY INTERRUPTED: CERES - A resident in the1900 block of Weathervane Lane interrupted a burglar at work Friday evening. At 11:54 p.m. the male resident fought with the suspect and drove him out of the house. The victim chased the suspect but decided to turn back as he had a child inside the house.

The suspect was described as 5-10 to 6-foot tall, of stocky build, wearing all black clothing and black ski mask and gloves.

RASH OF CAR THEFTS: CERES - The weekend of Feb. 14-15 was not a good one for the Ceres auto theft record. Police took reports on eight car thefts on that Sunday. Seven of the cars were quickly recovered.

There are no suspects in the eight thefts, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges.

A recap of the car thefts are as follows:

• 1993 Honda Accord taken from the 3700 block of San Juan Drive. It was recovered in a stripped condition by Modesto Police.

• 1992 Honda Accord, stolen from 1301 Richland Ave. Ceres police found it on Belmont Avenue.

• 1997 Honda Civic stolen from the 1000 block of Aristocrat Drive. The car was stripped by thieves and recovered by Modesto police.

• 1988 Honda Civic, taken from the 1700 block of Richland Avenue. Ceres officers found it later abandoned down the street.

• 2000 Toyota Celica, taken from the 3300 block of Rhone Road. The burned car was found by the California Highway Patrol.

• 1995 Honda Accord, stolen in the 1300 block of Richland Ave. Ceres officers recovered it on Lois Way.

• 1990 Acura Integra, taken from 1625 Richland Ave.

• 1997 Chevy Tahoe, stolen from the Kmart parking lot between 7 p.m. and 10:54 p.m. It had been slightly stripped and was recovered the next day by the CHP.