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CRANKPIPE LEADS TO ARREST: CERES - When you're traveling around to allegedly steal gas, it's best not to keep a crank pipe in your van. That's what Charles Bedford, 49, of Ceres, found out on Jan. 6.

Police were called at 3:38 a.m. by a man in the 1900 block Central Park Way saying he saw a man trying to siphon gas from his neighbor's car. When he yelled the suspect took off.

Sgt. Jose Berber checked out the area and found Bedford in the 700 block of Sara Theresa Way. Bedford, a parolee, said he was out of gas. Bedford matched the description of the suspect and was driven to the witness who positively identified him as the suspect. But the neighbor chose not to make a citizen's arrest.

Bedford went to jail anyway because Berber found a crankpipe in the vehicle. He was charged with possession of paraphernalia.

DRUNK ROLLED FOR HIS WALLET: CERES - An inebriated 48-year-old man claims he was robbed of his wallet as he was taking a short-cut home through a north Ceres park.

The victim left a local bar early Thursday morning and took off through Riverpark Park. At 12:53 a.m. he was chased by three black male teens. They knocked him down and took his wallet.

Because the man was drunk he was not able to give police any better description for an arrest.

VEHICLES TAMPERED WITH: CERES - Three vehicles in the 2800 block of Fowler Road were tampered with on Friday, Jan. 2. Two vehicles had tires slashed and the third was broken into with a cell phone stolen. At least one of the vehicles was parked in a driveway.

The crimes took place some time between 6 p.m. on Jan. 1 and 8 a.m. the next day.

TEEN WAS UNLICENSED AND HAD DRUGS: CERES - A 16-year-old boy was arrested Saturday morning when he was found driving without a license and possessing Ecstacy pills hidden between the driver's seat and center console.

At 12:11 a.m. Officer Josh Klinge made a traffic stop at Mitchell and Roeding and made the discovery. The boy nor his three passengers claimed any knowledge of the pills. The driver was booked on charges of possession of an illegal drug and being an unlicensed driver.

The vehicle he was driving was towed.

DRUG SMUGGLING INTO JAIL: CERES - An officer made a chance drug arrest early Saturday morning after he found Tamara Downs, 26, of Ceres, sitting in a parked car with drugs

Officer Brian Peterson found Downs at 12:28 a.m. near In Shape City Health Club on Mitchell Road and learned that she was on probation from jail for a prior drug conviction. A search of the vehicle produced a drug pipe and a controlled substance.

As she was being booked into the County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, jailers found marijuana and an empty syringe concealed on herself. Downs found an added charge of attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail.

ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT: CERES - A 42-year-old man was robbed of his wallet at knifepoint while sitting in Persephone Park on Ceres' east side on Saturday morning.

The victim said he was minding his own business in the park at 11:35 a.m. when two white males in their 40's or 50's on bicycles approached him and asked if they could have a cigarette. At that point one man drew a four- to six-inch bladed knife and demanded the man's wallet. They got the wallet and took off.

The first suspect is described as standing 5-foot-8 and weighing 130 pounds. He had brown shoulder-length hair, blue eyes, and had missing teeth. He was wearing old blue jeans and a black hooded zip-up jacket. His bicycle was described as a blue and white mountain bike.

The second suspect was described as 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with short brown hair and green eyes, and wearing old jeans and a burgundy colored hooded zip-up jacket. His was an older black mountain bike.

UPSET MAN STABS HIMSELF: CERES - Police took action to pull an emotionally disturbed man from a house in the 1500 block of Leavitt Peak Court Sunday evening after he stabbed himself.

Officers were called at 6:28 p.m. by family members of the 43-year-old man. They said that during a domestic disturbance he became upset and stabbed himself in the torso and then barricaded himself in the bathroom.

Officers gained access to the house and struggled to get the man out through a doorway. A taser gun was used to take control of him.

The man was rushed to the hospital for treatment of knife wounds, one as deep as four inches in the stomach and chest region.

He was also taken for a mental health evaluation, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges.