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STORE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT: CERES - Police are looking for the man who robbed the Food-4-Less store at Mitchell and Hatch roads early Monday.

A clerk at the store reported that a male customer came up to her checkstand at 12:13 a.m. with beer. When he was asked to show his ID, the man pulled out a revolver and demanded that the clerk hand over some $20 bills. The clerk complied and the man ran to a black four-door Honda Civic. The suspect was last seen leaving westbound on Hatch Road.

Police said the suspect was described as a heavy set white male with blonde hair cut crew style, possibly blue-eyed and wearing a red shirt. He was judged to be about six feet tall.

His vehicle may have had a butterfly or fairy sticker in the right rear window.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGED: CERES - Bobby Castro, 37, of Ceres, was arrested Sunday evening for misdemeanor domestic violence.

Police were called to the 2000 block of Hackett Road at 11:15 p.m. for a domestic violence case. Officer Brinton Moore located Castro who was gone from the scene. He was also on parole for a previous robbery conviction.

HELD FOR EVALUATION: CERES - After dousing himself with gasoline at a domestic squabble at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park on Hatch Road, officers sent a 20-year-old to Stanislaus Behavioral Health Services for a psychiatric watch.

Ceres Police said they received a call from a citizen at 4:12 p.m. on Monday, April 7 said the man was arguing with his girlfriend and watched him pour gas on himself. Police arrived and saw the man walking toward the Tuolumne River.

He admitted pouring gas on himself but said he wasn't suicidal.

PETTY THEFT CASE: CERES - A 14-year-old Ceres boy was cited for petty theft April 7 after he allegedly stole a cell phone taken from an unlocked vehicle parked at the group home where he was staying in the 1700 block of Banyon Court.

At 12:39 p.m. someone called 911 to report the boy was wearing a black bandana over his face and was possibly armed. As police arrested they saw the boy throwing an item - thought to be a gun - under a vehicle. It later proved to be the stolen cell phone.

STOLEN CAR OCCUPIED BY THREE: CERES - Three persons went to jail after the stolen car they were riding in was pulled over at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

Officer Darren Venn was patrolling in the 1700 block of Nadine Avenue when he spotted a 1989 Toyota and ran the license plates. The data base showed that the car had been reported stolen on March 24 from Riverbank.

Driver Justin Brooks, 23, of Modesto, was arrested and charged with auto theft and possession of stolen property.

Passenger Amanda Colmenero, 20, also of Modesto, was arrested on grand theft and battery warrants issued by the Sheriff's Department. Another passenger, Monica Arias, 23, of Modesto, was held for violating the terms of her parole from the California Youth Authority.

OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE CHARGED: CERES - A 28-year-old man was arrested Sunday for obstructing and delaying justice as well as providing false information to a police officer in connection with a hit-and-run crash near the Smyrna Park parking lot.

The female victim was exiting the parking lot at approximately 1:26 p.m. and was struck by an silver Lexus on eastbound Fowler Road. The victim's car sustained moderate damage. As the two parties were exchanging information, the victim suspected the driver was intoxicated. Surinder Bahia drove up and intervened, suggesting the matter could be handled civilly without a police report. Apparently Bahia told his brother, Parminder Singh Bahia, to leave the scene.

Sgt. Pat Sullivan quizzed Bahia who claimed that he didn't know who the driver was nor how to reach him. Sullivan said Bahia was quite evasive with him and explained that since the driver was suspected to be intoxicated, the matter needed to be fully investigated. Bahia would not explain to Sullivan how he got involved.

Because the passenger in the Lexus gave his driver's license number to the victim, police tracked down the suspect as Parminder Singh Bahia, who was identified from a photo line-up. The car was found on Oak Ridge Drive. He had yet to be arrested as of press deadline.

KEYES MAN ARRESTED IN STOLEN CAR: CERES - Gonzalo Serrano, 23, of Keyes, was arrested on the morning of Monday, April 7 driving a stolen vehicle.

Officer Jeremy Caron of the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (Stan CATT) located a stolen blue Honda Accord in the area of Roeding and Sixth streets at 10:59 a.m. Serrano was arrested for auto theft and possession of stolen property and a Ceres Police Department warrant.

His 16-year-old passenger, a Modesto boy, was held for a warrant issued by Juvenile Hall.

The Honda was stolen April 2 out of the Kmart parking lot.

SUSPECT ON DRUGS, POLICE SAY: CERES - Police arrested a 49-year-old Stevinson woman Thursday evening after she allegedly strong-armed a victim out of her bicycle.

Cheryl Scoggin was charged with providing false information to an officer and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police were called at 5:28 p.m. by a woman who said that Scroggin took her bike near Ceres High School. Police found Scroggin who was talking gibberish and acting angrily.

TIRES SLASHED ON PATROL CARS: CERES - Two Ceres police officers had lunch Thursday, April 10 at the IHOP and returned to find their tires slashed.

One car had two tires slashed while the second car had just one tires hissing.

No suspects were seen however a waitress had suspicions about some customers who had just left as officers arrived "who weren't happy with the police."

Deputy Chief Mike Borges said the act only "hurt the community because those two officers couldn't respond to calls until the tires were changed and it cost the taxpayers money."

GLASS BROKEN: CERES - Alarms went off at the Ceres High School administration building and at Punjab Plaze early Sunday after glass was shattered at both locations.

Police went to CHS at 3:09 a.m. and saw the glass doors to the administration building were broken. Deputy Chief Mike Borges said the incident looked like a case of vandalism rather than a break-in. As officers were on scene, an alarm went off at a business within the Punjab Plaza on South Central Avenue with a broken window.