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HOME INVASION ROBBERY: CERES - Police are looking for suspects from a home invasion robbery reported Thursday night at an apartment complex at 1625 Richland Avenue.

A resident of the apartment complex was selling his vehicle and two men posed as potential buyers when they only intended to stage a robbery, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges. Two men showed up before 9 p.m. and made contact with the 26-year-old car owner. When the man opened the door of his home to let in a 25-year-old female and a six-year-old child, one of the suspects pulled a handgun. They forced entry into the apartment where they took cash and a cell phone. Possibly as many as three other suspects joined in the robbery, said Borges.

When they left in an older brown model (possibly 1994) Honda, the victim called police at 8:58 p.m.

Both suspects were described as Hispanic males between the ages of 25-28, standing 5-foot-7. One suspect was about 170 pounds, with black wavy hair, goatee and mustache, and wearing a brown sweater, jeans and white shoes. The other man was described as 190 pounds, with short black hair, black pants, black hooded sweatshirt and white shoes.

SHOTS FIRED FROM CAR: CERES - A Modesto man was arrested for firing a gun out of the window of his vehicle while driving in the area of Roeding Road east of Mitchell Road on Thursday, Jan. 29.

At 3:58 p.m. Officer Pat Dayton was flagged down by woman who saw the driver firing the weapon from a black Chevy S-10 Blazer. She said the vehicle was last seen rounding the corner at Roeding and Mitchell to going northbound.

Dayton found the suspect's vehicle in the parking lot of the Ceres Post Office. Driver Corey Murphy, 23, of Modesto, was asked if he had weapons, which he denied. Officer Dayton spotted an open container of alcoholic beverage in the seat so he searched the car. He located a handgun with a magazine in a case under the seat.

Murphy later said he just bought the gun and was trying it out.

The reporting party identified the driver and car and Murphy was arrested and charged with possession of a concealed weapon and neglegent discharge of a firearm.

THREE ARRESTED IN AUTO BURGLARY: CERES - An alert resident is credited for the arrest of three suspects in an auto burglary case that occurred early Sunday morning.

Anthony Davalos, 21, and Javier Blanco, 18, both of Ceres, and Anthony Cardova, 20, of Hughson, were each charged with auto theft, receiving stolen property, burglary, vandalism and conspiracy.

Police dispatchers received a call at 1:07 a.m. from a resident in the 3700 block of Old Oak Road who peaked out the front window to sees three guys removing seats from a silver Acura. The suspects also began scratching the car's paint finish before hopping into a red Honda Civic to drive off. Such good details were provided to police that officers stopped the suspects' car a block away. The officer found property stolen from the Acura inside the Honda.

PURSE AND CELL PHONE THEFT ARREST: CERES - A 20-year-old Ceres man was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly stole a purse and cell phone from someone he knew at the Howard Johnson Inn.

Police were called at 3 a.m. reporting the crime. The suspect, Jagroop Singh, was located in the apartment complex at 1625 Richland Avenue by Ceres police officer Dan Fairchilds. At first Singh lied about his name. The officer gained entry into Singh's residence where he found Marijuana and the stolen items.

Singh was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, providing false information to a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and warrants for prior burglary and petty theft charges.

BURGLARY ARREST MADE: CERES - An alert resident of the 800 block of Sedona provided tips that led police to arrest a man for an auto break-in early Saturday morning, Jan. 31.

The man heard noises outside his house at 12:35 a.m. and saw several subjects standing near a black vehicle in front. He then heard a loud crash, which was the breaking of a window. The suspects then started running off toward Tarboro Way.

The resident decided to track down the suspects by following them in his own car. Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said the man saw the suspects trying to break into another vehicle around the corner. The citizen then tried to block the suspects' car from escaping before police arrived. At that point one of the passengers fell out and limped away. The suspects' car fled but overshot the intersection of Hatch and Stonum and crashed into the chain-link fence of the church next to Les Schwab Tires.

When Officer Patrick Dayton checked out the residential area to the south he arrested Javier Francisco, 21, of Modesto. Francisco was positively identified as of one of the men breaking into the cars.

He was charged with auto burglary.

The other suspects are still at large.

BURGLARY INTERRUPTED: CERES - Bystanders interrupted a car burglary in the 3600 block of Georgeann Place Thursday evening.

Three males were chased away from a car by its own at 11:01 p.m. Police quickly responded and set up a perimeter and brought in a canine to search but no arrest was made. Police did locate some property stolen from the vehicle, including a small 8-inch TV.

All three suspects were described as Hispanic, between 17 and 19 years of age and all wearing black hooded sweatshirts.