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• HOME INVASION ROBBERY: HUGHSON - Sheriff's detectives are seeking clues to apprehend the men who staged a home invasion robbery here on Wednesday morning.

A 54-year-old resident living in the 2000 block of Seventh Street was awakened at 3:55 a.m. by a loud bang outside his home. When he got up to investigate he was confronted by four to five men inside his house.

One of the suspects held a gun to his head while a second man tied him up. The man holding the gun was only identified as a young Hispanic male wearing dark clothing. The victim was unable to describe the other men who periodically would ask for "the marijuana." According to Sheriff's spokesman Sgt, Anthony Bejaran, the men realized there was no pot inside the house and decided to take the victim's money and cell phone instead.

The resident just recently moved into the house and may have been an unintended target for the robbers.

"They knew they were looking at a specific residence," said Sgt. Bejaran.

• DRUG CHARGES ADDED: CERES - Calvin Jenkins, 28, of Ceres, faces more charges after a Jan. 5 visit as a follow-up to a Dec. 26 incident in which he was found in his car with an illegal weapon.

At 7 p.m. the Ceres Police Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant on Jenkins' home in the 3100 block of Crownview Drive where Jenkins tried unsuccessfully to flush at least 10 hypodermic syringes down the toilet. Police found several other syringes with methamphetamine, four grams of heroin, scales and drug packaging material.

He was charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors, including possession of heroin, possession of a controlled substance for sales, child endangerment, and possession of hypodermic syringes.

Children in the home were turned over to the care of relatives of Child Protective Services.

The latest charges represents the fifth case pending in the courts for Jenkins.

On Dec. 26 an officer stopped to help stranded motorist Jenkins at Second and El Camino. Jenkins was reaching for something in the floor board as the officer approached so Jenkins was ordered at gunpoint to show his hands. Officers searched Jenkins' car and found a loaded .38-caliber handgun lying on the floor board as well as a sawed-off .12-gauge shotgun with pistol grip and a .22-caliber rifle.

Jenkins said he was reaching for a rag to remove the radiator cap on the vehicle and didn't know gun fell behind the seat.

• RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY: CERES - A teenager at home alone in the 3600 block of Ninth Street fled to a neighbor's house after hearing someone breaking into the rear of the residence early Saturday morning.

Police said the boy hid and later fled during the 12:30 a.m. burglary in which a 40-inch TV and Remington .12 gauge pump shotgun were stolen. The 15-year-old ran across street to a neighbor's house to call 9-1-1. The suspects were gone before police arrived.

Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith theorized that the suspects were watching the house since someone left it just prior and probably assumed that no one was home.

The teen gave the description of one of the burglars as a Hispanic male in his 40s wearing a black beanie cap.

• PHARMACY BROKEN INTO: CERES - The CVS Pharmacy on Hatch Road was burglarized early Sunday when a male broke a front glass door, setting off the store burglar alarm.

Police were notified of the alarm at 3:40 a.m. The thief, wearing a mask and camouflage jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt, made quick work only stealing cell phone accessories. He fled before police arrived.

• THEFT CONSIDERED ROBBERY: CERES - The theft of food items at Cost Less Foods on Hatch Road is being treated as a robbery since parolee Jordan Bonifacio, 52, threatened to shoot a loss prevention officer.

At 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, police were called to the store where Bonifacio had been detained. Bonifacio had been observed stuffing meat and oysters into his pants as well as a can of Modello beer into his sleeve. When confronted about the theft, Bonifacio threatened the officer as having a gun and said he would shoot. Bonifacio was taken to the ground. He had no weapon.

"He has a rap sheet that is very extensive," commented Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith.

• SPEEDING DRIVER GETS DUI CHARGE: CERES - Alejandro Valeriano, 19, of Turlock, was arrested for drunk driving on Tuesday, Jan. 3 after Officer Joe Wren spotted his white BMW speeding northbound on Mitchell Road at over 100 mph.

Wren chased after Valeriano and made a 1:30 a.m. traffic stop north of Fowler Road. Wren smelled alcohol on the driver's breath and issued a breathalyzer test that showed a blood alcohol content of 0.10. Two ounces of marijuana were found in the glove box.

The unemployed Valeriano was arrested and charged with DUI, and possession of marijuana.

• CITIZEN AIDS IN APPREHENDING ROBBERY SUSPECT: CERES - A 60-year-old Turlock man was praised for helping pin down the man accused of stealing items from Rite Aid on Mitchell Road on Wednesday evening, Jan. 4.

At 5:15 p.m., a store loss prevention officer confronted Daniel Ramos, 27, of Ceres, after he left the store after concealing merchandise on his clothing. A fight ensued between employees and Ramos. Along came motorist Kelvin Perrien, who pulled over and jumped out of the vehicle to help physically wrestle with Ramos. Perrien suffered an injury to his head after striking a post holding up a tree in the landscaping.

Ramos was arrested and found in possession of a fixed blade knife. Because he used force the theft was considered a robbery.

• BOTH DRIVERS DRUNK IN CRASH: CERES - Police arrested drivers of two cars which were involved in a Thursday morning alcohol related crash and charged both with drunk driving.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Whitmore Avenue and Morgan Road at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 5. The cars also struck a utility pole guy wire. After the crash, both drivers got into a verbal altercation.

Marco Aguilar, 21, of Modesto, who was driving a 2000 black BMW, was arrested for DUI after producing a breathalyzer result of 0.15 blood alcohol content.

Luis Rodriguez, 21, of Modesto, the driver of a gray 2008 Dodge Charger, was also booked for DUI.