By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Placeholder Image
WOULD-BE ROBBER NABBED LEAVING WALGREENS: CERES - A Ceres teen was arrested Thursday evening after he allegedly robbed the Walgreens store on Hatch Road as he held a .12-gauge shotgun on an employee.

Jeffery Nutt, who is on probation for a prior armed robbery, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for attempted robbery.

At approximately 9:53 p.m. Ceres police received a call from an employee reporting an attempted armed robbery at the store located at 2101 E. Hatch Road. The caller reported that a gun-toting male came into the store when there were no customers and pointed it at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. He wore a long dark trench coat with a knit cap. His cap had eye holes cut out of it and was pulled down over his eyes and a black bandana covering his lower face.

The clerk ran to the rear of the store and the robbery suspect ran out the front door empty handed. The store has video cameras that taped the incident but the tapes had not been reviewed.

Store employees and a witness outside the store gave a description of the suspect and police arrived within minutes. Officers searched the area and within minutes located Nutt and Orlando Ceja, 20, of Modesto, walking west on Richard Ave near Gene Street. Officers detained the pair after noticing that Nutt matched the description of the robber. Police said he was still wearing the black trench coat and was in possession of the knit hat with the eye holes cut out. He was wearing a black bandana around his neck.

Witnesses positively identified Nutt as the attempted robber. Officers later located the shotgun hidden on a nearby canal bank. Witnesses also identified the shotgun as looking like the gun used in the robbery attempt.

Officers arrested both suspects for suspicion of attempted robbery but Nutt later confessed to the crime. Ceja was released from custody pending further investigation.

AUTO BURGLARY SUSPECT NABBED: CERES - A 22-year-old was charged with auto burglary last week after he eluded police and a police canine led to his arrest.

Transient Anthony Lablanc was arrested June 17 in the 3800 block of Ambleside after he bolted from an officer during a 12:29 a.m. contact with officer Mike Perez. Perez spotted a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle seen at a 8:58 p.m. robbery the night before in the 1600 block of Marazzi.

As Perez was preparing to handcuff Lablanc, he bolted and jumped a number of fences. Officer Joe Wren and his canine Axel were called in and helped to track him down. Lablanc was hiding in a backyard, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges. The suspect punched Axel in the scuffle, which netted him a dog bite as well as a charge of striking a police canine. Lablanc is being charged with two counts of burglary, resisting arrest, and trespassing.

Borges said Lablanc stole a DVD system from an Escalade but he may have also been involved in a residential burglary.