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ODORS GIVE AWAY METH LAB: CERES - The smell of chemical odors prompted a Ceres resident to tip off police to an alleged methamphetamine lab set up in an apartment kitchen on Nov. 17.

Members of the Street Crimes Unit knocked on the door of the apartment at 1628 Evans Road, at approximately 7 p.m. Officers could smell the odors and saw Caroline Cole, 50, of Ceres, attempting to flee out the back of the apartment. Upon entry officers found a methamphetamine lab had been set up in the kitchen.

Arrested were Harold Kitchens, 43, and Fred Vickers, 50, both of Ceres.

Kitchens and Vickers were arrested for operating a methamphetamine lab and possession of chemical to manufacture methamphetamine. Cole was arrested for loitering in the area of drug activity.

The Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency was called to the scene to assist in the investigation and dispose of the suspected chemicals.

EX-HUBBY ARRESTED: CERES - A Ceres man was arrested Saturday evening after he violated a restraining order and allegedly broke into his ex-wife's apartment on Roeding Road.

The ex-wife called police after she suspected that Everardo Bacamontes, 35, of Ceres, took items from her home. She spotted Bacamontes sitting in the parking lot of her apartment complex despite having a domestic violence restraining order against him. He drove off before officers arrived at 8:27 p.m.

As officers took the report, a citizen in the 3800 block of Evalee called to report seeing a suspect throw a bag behind their fence and leaving on foot after parking his van. Police found the bag and noticed that it contained items taken from the woman's apartment. A perimeter was set up around the block and a Sheriff's Department canine and helicopter were called in to assist in locating Bacamontes. He was located in the 3800 block of Larissa, just blocks from where he abandoned his vehicle.

Bacamontes, who goes by a number of aliases, was arrested on the assault with a deadly weapon warrant. Other charges may be forthcoming, said Ceres Police Deputy Chief Mike Borges.

HOME DEPOT BREAK-IN INVESTIGATED: CERES - Police are seeking leads in the early Monday morning break-in of the Hatch Road Home Depot store.

At 2 a.m. the store's burglar alarm went off and police responded. The front doors had been pried open and apparently someone attempted to steal power tools. A police canine was used to search the building but no suspects were found.

Police picked up "possible leads from the evidence left at the scene," said Deputy Chief Mike Borges. The public is asked to call detectives at 538-5727 if they saw anything or know anything about the crime.

OFF TO JAIL FOR STOLEN CONDIMENTS: CERES - The theft of food items at Wal-Mart sent Jimmy Stockton, 42, of Ceres, to jail on Sunday.

Stockton was on probation for burglary when he went inside the Ceres Wal-Mart store and pocketed some food items to compliment other food items he was buying. A store loss prevention officer spotted him and called police at 5 p.m.

Stockton was charged with petty theft with prior convictions and violation of probation.

DRUGS FOUND IN CAR: CERES - Failure to wear a seat belt resulted in a drug arrest of Theodore Martinez, 26, of Modesto, on Sunday afternoon.

At 12:06 p.m., Ceres police officer Britton Moore made a traffic stop on Martinez at Lawrence and Ninth for a seatbelt violation and found Martinez was driving on a suspended license. As the vehicle was being inventoried for a tow, the officer found marijuana and other narcotics, possibly hash and hash oil, said Ceres Police Deputy Chief Mike Borges.

Martinez was charged with possession of concentrated cannabis, a felony, as well as driving on a suspended license.