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ARREST MADE IN BURGLARY CASE: CERES - A Ceres man was arrested Jan. 8 for possession of property stolen from a Merced County business. Investigators also believe that Michael Jean Mabrey, 43, of Ceres, may have been involved in a string of thefts of ATM cash machines burglarized from businesses.

Mabrey was arrested Jan. 8 at his Magnolia Street home after police obtained a search warrant stemming from a traffic stop on Dec. 28.

According to Sgt. Jeff Higginbotham, Ceres Police detectives were watching Mabrey's residence Dec. 28 and followed him as he got into a vehicle and drove to PraxAir at 260 S. Highway 59 in south Merced. At 4:20 a.m. police saw people get out of the vehicle and go to the rear of the business. They appeared and got in a pickup and left northbound on Highway 99 toward Turlock. Ceres Police called for the California Highway Patrol to make the traffic stop. The officer pulled over the red Chevy stepside pickup and spotted welders, a plasma cutter and two pry bars. The men were released.

When Ceres Police later learned that the business was missing welders and cutters they obtained a search warrant to go inside Mabrey's house.

Ceres Police have been investigating numerous ATM thefts for many months now. Other police agencies, such as Turlock, have indicated similar attempts to steal ATMs.

CHASE ENDS ON ROOF: CERES - A 25-year-old Ceres man was arrested Jan. 4 after he was spotted on the roof of a house after he led police on a brief car chase.

Angel Torres was charged with felony evading of a police officer, violation of probation, driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana.

Ceres Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said Officer Yandell pursued Torres at 8:53 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 in the Stonum and Nadine area. The chase ended in the 1000 block of Valley Wind Way north of Hatch Road. Torres bailed from his car on foot and was later spotted on the roof, lying on his back trying to be least noticable as possible.

"They told him that if he didn't come down that they would send the dog," said Borges. "I guess he believed the dog could leap that high."

As Torres was being escorted to a patrol car, an acquaintance began running toward the officer, yelling the suspect's name continuously. Officer Yandell told Michael Lipani, 19, to stop but continue to interfere, said Borges. Lipani was arrested for interferring with police matters.

SCHOOL BURGLARIZED: CERES - Ceres Police reported that three classrooms at Walter White Elementary School were broken into at 8:37 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The burglars also made a mess by emptying the contents of fire extinguishers inside the classrooms.

HER SECOND DUI ARREST: CERES - A Modesto woman faces charges of driving while intoxicated after being spotted driving erratically in the 2800 block of Don Pedro in Ceres.

Jennifer Nobles, 29, of Modesto, was arrested for drunk driving, possession of marijuana and violating the terms of her 2004 probation. Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said Nobles was on probation in connection with a 2004 manslaughter conviction relating to a 2002 fatal DUI crash.

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer spotted Nobles at 1:25 a.m. on Sunday and called Ceres Police to arrest her.

MAN ATTACKED AT HIS HOME: CERES - Ceres Police are trying to sort out the facts in a stabbing in the 900 block of Alacante Drive on Saturday morning.

The man reported that he was robbed. The crime is being classified as a home invasion robbery and attempted murder.

The victim sustained stab wounds to his head, back and hands but they are not life threatening, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.

The man said that a man showed up at his front door at 3:28 a.m., demanding money and then pulled out a large butcher knife. A struggle ensued and spilled into the house where the victim was able to retrieve a baseball bat to fend off attacker.

Police believe that the victim may have been in the company of one of the two men sought in the crime. Borges said alcohol may have been involved.

"Everybody was drinking and playing dominoes," said Borges.

The main suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, 5-foot-10 and weighing 180 pounds, with shaved head, white shirt, and dark pants. The other suspect was described as a black male in early 30s.

Witnesses had conflicting information on the vehicle in which the suspects left. One person told police they saw a black SUV while someone else claimed to have seen a light gray Pontiac Grand Am.