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AUTO THEFT SUSPECT GETS AWAY: CERES - An auto theft suspect got away from police Wednesday afternoon after he bailed from the stolen car he was driving.

At 4:19 p.m. Officer Coey Henson went to make stop on a stolen green 1994 Honda Accord that later proved to be stolen out of Modesto. Henson saw the Honda pull over in the area of Herndon and Richland and saw a passenger jump out with his hands up. The driver continues driving southbound on the frontage road.

Moments later officer Dan Fairchilds spotted the car disabled on the east side of El Camino Road south of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Steam was coming up from the hood. Citizens said the driver ran off into the neighborhood.

Police set up a perimeter around in an area of several blocks and conducted a yard to yard search. The driver was never located.

Deputy Chief Mike Borges said that the passenger told police that he just got a ride from the driver on South Ninth Street and had no idea who he was. He was not charged with anything.

A suspect was later detained but police determined that it was not the suspect. They used photos from a north Ceres store video surveillance system to determined what the suspect looked like.

Inside the stolen car was a stolen laptop computer taken from a CHP cruiser in Los Banos.

POLICE ARREST SMASH AND GRAB SUSPECT: CERES - Police received a break in the case of a recent series of smashed windows Thursday when an alarm went off at the Asia House restaurant on Whitmore Avenue before 7 a.m.

James Bridgeford, 36, of Ceres, is believed responsible for a string of break-ins over the last few weeks, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges.

"We've positively identified him in three of the smash-and-grabs," said Borges. Evidence showed that Bridgeford committed the crimes at Blockbuster and Ceres Floral and may have done up to 11 similar acts, he said.

Bridgeford was on parole for burglary when he was arrested.

At 7:04 a.m. Thursday police received reports of an alarm going off at the restaurant. The first officer on scene, Pat Dayton, helped himself to review the surveillance video inside the restaurant. In moments Dayton broadcast information on the suspect. About 14 minutes later, Officer Brian Peterson spotted Bridgeford riding a bicycle in the area of Shusan and Fowler. Borges said Dayton found property on Bridgeford taken from an earlier burglary.

Police said that a number of Ceres business windows have been smashed in recent weeks with the suspect striking on foggy nights. The suspect used large river rocks to throw through glass panes at several businesses and took "whatever he could," said Borges. The suspect also attempted to break into cash registers, too, he said. Bridgeford may have also been the culprit who broke the windows of Radio Shack on Hatch Road; Field's Fabric on Fourth Street; Cazares Tax Service on Mitchell Road; Penske rental on Rockefeller Drive; Golden Phoenix Chinese restaurant on Hatch Road; Sub & Deli and Nail Tech, side by side in the 2900 block of Whitmore Avenue; and El Palenque on Hatch Road.

ASSAULT ALLEGED: CERES - A 27-year-old Ceres man was arrested Dec. 8 for allegedly whacking his live-in girlfriend in the head with a metal object.

David Gibson was also tasered by officers after failing to follow officers' command during his arrest. He was booked for spousal abuse and public intoxication.

The incident occurred at 11:08 p.m. in the 1200 block of Chardonnay Court.

Gibson is accused of getting drunk during an argument and then striking his girlfriend in the head with a metal towel rack. Officers arrived to catch Gibson making his way to his vehicle with a bottle of Vodka in his hand.

EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DESTROYED: CERES - Police called out the Stanislaus County Bomb Squad Thursday afternoon after a resident of Colony Park Estates called in a suspicious looking device.

At 11:49 a.m. someone reported the device inside a mobilehome unit in space #37 at Colony Park Estates, 3939 S. Central Avenue. The person was cleaning out the trailer and found a four-inch fuse in a cartridge.

"It looked like a giant firecracker," said Mike Borges, deputy chief of police.

The Bomb Squad didn't arrive until approximately 2:20 p.m. because it was in Calaveras County. When it was safely destroyed "it didn't make a very big explosion when it went off," said Borges.

EVADING POLICE NETS CHARGE: CERES - Officers tried to pull over Jesus Torres, 47, of Ceres, for speeding in the Blaker and Hackett area Thursday night but he wouldn't pull over until he arrived at his house in the 2000 block of Grayson Road. His evasive actions led to his arrest at 9:18 p.m.

According to Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges, Torres tried giving his officers multiple false names. He was also booked for resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer, evading a traffic stop and driving as an unlicensed driver.

SHOT-GUN FOUND ON PAROLEE: CERES - A Hughson parolee was arrested Friday evening when he was found to be in possession of a sawed-off shotgun during a traffic stop.

Evan Ingles, 21, of Hughson, was charged with three charges: being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a hypodermic needle and parole violation.

Ceres police pulled over the car in which Ingles was riding at 8:05 p.m. in the 3100 block of Service Road. Since both the driver and Ingles were searchable as parolees, the car was searched. Officers patted down both men and found a shotgun shell in Ingles' pocket. A sawed off .410 gauge shotgun was located in a backpack that Ingles claimed to own.