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MAN SHOT ON PISCES WAY: CERES - A Ceres man was seriously wounded when he was shot Thursday evening as he stood in his garage in the 3300 block of Pisces Way.

The 42-year-old man was shot in the neck, shoulder and chest and was listed in serious but stable condition on Friday.

Witnesses said that a white Honda or Impala pulled up to the man's house at 10:12 p.m., and the driver got out and shot three times at the victim, then sped off. The suspect was described as a Latino man, estimated to be 30 to 35 years old.

Persons who may have information on the shooting are urged to call Ceres Police Detectives Bureau at 538-5727.

FAIRVIEW MARKET ROBBED: CERES - Fairview Market, located at 2301 Fairview, was struck by an armed robber on Wednesday night, Ceres Police said.

The clerk reported that a man entered the store at 7:40 p.m. and produced a small black revolver and demanded cash. The suspect was described as a black male, aged 40 to 50 years of age, sporting a dark goatie, wearing a black jacket, hood over his head, and standing 6-foot tall and weighing 200 pounds.

A dark-colored SUV was seen circling the store prior to the robbery but police are unsure if that was the suspect's.

ATMS BEING STOLEN: CERES - Ceres Police are looking into a rash of thefts of ATMs inside a number of businesses since Dec. 5.

Thefts have been occurring in the early morning hours, typically 2 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. The thieves are prying open the front doors of business establishments and wrapping a rope around the machine and pulling them connected to the bumper of a pickup since most machines are bolted to the ground.

On Dec. 11, Mr. Wireless at 1530 E. Hatch was victimized as well as Check-N-To-Cash on Whitmore Avenue.

Family Pizza and Burger King were burglarized on Dec. 13.

Another victim was The Den.

Surveillance videotapes are being studied, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges. One of the tapes showed that three people were involved in one of the thefts.

Other police agencies are reporting similar crimes.

CAR THIEF ELUDED POLICE: CERES - Members of the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (StanCATT) and Ceres Police were busy on Morgan Road near the Ceres wastewater treatment plant on Wednesday, Dec. 19 trying to find a car theft suspect.

At 3:25 p.m. StanCATT agents spotted a stolen car and began chasing the suspect. The suspect drove into an orchard and bailed on foot while two StanCATT vehicles became disabled. One of the police cars ran into a large hole in the orchard and the airbags went off.

An extensive manhunt was engaged with police canines and an overhead helicopter but the suspect eluded police. It's believed that the suspect may be living in the Ceres area.

PARK EQUIPMENT SET ON FIRE: CERES - Two juveniles were arrested Wednesday, Dec. 19, after being seen setting fire to playground equipment at Don Pedro Park. A witness saw flames coming from the park and saw one teen standing by a burning plastic slide while the other was climbing off the equipment. The witness called police and followed the boys, aged 13 and 14, as they ran away. The suspects told the witness that they set fire to the equipment because they were cold.

The fire was reported at 8:09 p.m.

Both suspects were arrested for arson. Their names were not made available because of their ages.

FIGHT OUTSIDE MCDONALD'S: CERES - A man who allegedly dragged off his ex-girlfriend outside of the western Hatch Road McDonald's and used a bat to beat her new boyfriend was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said Francis Silva, 25, of Modesto, was jailed for assault with a deadly weapon, and battery against a cohabitant.

Police say Silva dragged his former girlfriend 15 feet away from a vehicle outside the fast food eatery. The new boyfriend acted in her defense, grabbing a bat to smach Silva in the thigh. Silva then struck the male victim to the ground and wrestled the bat away and beat the man in the upper body and head at least three times.

The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m.

BEER RUN GOES AWRY: CERES - Ceres Police arrested a 20-year-old man who crashed his pickup into a Quick Stop gasoline island after an alleged beer run gone bad.

William Garcia, 20, of Modesto, was booked on charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime.

At 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, police received a call from a clerk at Quik Stop at Service and Morgan roads. The man reported that a man walked into the store and grabbed an 18-pack of beer, a bag of Cheetos and a Hostess pastry and exited the front door. The man jumped into a white 2003 Dodge Ram pickup. The clerk followed the thief and confronted him. Garcia, the driver, threw the pickup in reverse and struck a gasoline pump and a steel pole holding up the gas island canopy.

Garcia's two passengers fled on foot; the thief described as a Hispanic male wearing dark jacket and jeans. The third accomplice was wearing a black jacket, red hood sweatshirt and blue jeans. The two are still at large.

Garcia stayed with his pickup, which was severely damaged, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges. When police arrived gasoline was flowing from the damaged pump.

Officers were told by Garcia that he was sitting in his pickup when a man came up and started beating on his pickup with a stick and to he tried to get away.

The suspect had been drinking, said officers, but passed a field sobriety test.

SHOTS FIRED AT BAR: CERES - Police are looking into a Sunday, Dec. 16 shooting Latino's Bar on Mitchell Road.

Nobody was injured in the 12:55 a.m. shooting.

Police have no suspects.

A caller inside the bar reported shots fired. Police found six bullet holes in the front door. Investigators are unsure if the shots were fired from inside or from outside. No spent casings were found.

Anyone with information on the crime is urged to call detectives at 538-5727.

TEENS ARRESTED OVER FAKE GUN: CERES - Two teens were arrested at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon after they were seen with a realistic looking handgun in Sam Ryno Park in southwest Ceres.

A witness saw one of the teens pointing the gun down the street, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges, and called police at 2:27 p.m.

An air gun resembling a Glock firearm was removed from a front pocket on one of the boys.

They were cited for the public display of an imitation firearm.