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• VEHICLE THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED: CERES - A Ceres man was arrested for breaking into a Service Road business Monday, Dec. 19 after a deputy heard an alarm he caused to go off and a chase ensued.

Scott Holder, 44, of Ceres, was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for vehicle theft, burglary, vandalism and evading a peace officer.

K9 Deputy Sheriff Lloyd MacKinnon was on patrol at 11:55 a.m. when he heard the alarm coming from a business in the 2400 block of E. Service Road. As he began to check on the business MacKinnon saw a white box type truck speeding from the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Holder refused to stop when Deputy MacKinnon attempted to pull him over. During the pursuit, Holder drove through fences, into a back yard and back onto the roadway in an attempt to flee. MacKinnon called off the search because the driver was growing too reckless.

Meanwhile other police agencies were alerted and scoured the area looking for the suspect. A short time later the vehicle was found by a Ceres police officer behind a residence in the 3000 block of Moore Road. Joining Ceres Police in searching the area were the California Highway Patrol and the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force. Holder was found hiding under a foot bridge in a canal about three-quarters of a mile away.

Moore had been driving a truck stolen from a business on Crowslanding Road in Modesto and had property in the truck that had been stolen from the business in the 2400 block of E. Service Road.

The vehicle and property were returned to the owners.

• BURGLARY INTERRUPTED: CERES - Three persons were arrested for residential burglary after a neighbor in the 3100 block of Rose Avenue interrupted a break-in Monday morning.

The resident saw two males and a female exiting the neighbor's house carrying jewelry. He yelled for them to stop but they fled and he was able to only tackle the female. He called police at 10:15 a.m. Officers found a rear door forced open.

Information was obtained that led officers to 2545 Fourth Street where two men answered the door who closely matched the description of the suspects. The neighbor later positively identified the two teenagers as the thieves.

Booked for residential burglary were Rebecca Lira, 18, and Matthew Brewer, 19, both of Ceres. A 17-year-old Ceres boy was also booked for residential burglary. His name was not released.

During the investigation, a canine led officers to the Roeding Road apartment of parolee Norman Seal. Police found a green backpack that contained several car stereos, binoculars and a lap top case. Seal is at large and may or may not be linked to the Rose Avenue burglary, said Lt. Brent Smith.

Police were unable to ascertain this week what was missing from the residence since the owners are still away.

• BURGLARY TOOLS FOUND: CERES - Allen Stephens, 32, of Modesto, was arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools and violating parole after he was stopped on his bicycle by Officer Freddie Ortiz. Stephens was located at 10:33 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 in the area of Herndon Road and Valente Way.

Stephens is on parole for a prior auto theft conviction.

• ROBBERY STAGED: CERES - A 31-year-old man said he was zapped with a stun gun by two men who robbed him of $20 at the AM/PM Mini Mart at the corner of Whitmore Avenue and Ninth Street early on Monday, Dec. 19.

The man said he was at the mart at 1:30 a.m. and was approached by two men who asked for a jump start for their car. He walked up to their black or blue Hyundai and looked under the hood when one suspect zapped him with a stun gun on the hand. The victim fell to the ground where he was robbed of $20 from his pocket.

The suspects were described as a white male and hispanic male wearing blue hoodies.

• WEAPONS VIOLATIONS: CERES - Calvin Jenkins, 28, of Ceres, faces multiples weapons charges after an officer noticed he was stranded in his car the day after Christmas.

At 11:11 p.m. Officer Steve Carvalho stopped to help the stranded motorist at Second and El Camino. As he approached the driver he noticed Jenkins was reaching for something in the floor board. Carvalho drew his revolver and ordered Jenkins to show his hands.

Back-up units arrived and Jenkins and a female passenger were taken out and detained. Officers searched the 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 was arrested for multiple weapons charges but said he was reaching for a rag to remove the radiator cap on the vehicle and didn't know gun fell behind the seat.

Rebecca Gipson was detained but later released.

• SHORT PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST: CERES - A Ceres officer was led on a three-minute, half-mile pursuit on Christmas Day which ended in two arrests.

Officer Coey Henson was patrolling at 10:56 p.m. in the 1200 block of Herndon Road when he saw the driver of a 1994 Toyota Corolla break a traffic law. When he attempted to pull over Luis Prado, 28, of Delhi, the pursuit was on. It ended at Pecos Avenue and Herndon Road behind Ceres Fire Station #2 where Henson immediately got into a physical altercation with a combative Prado. An active parolee, Prado was eventually arrested for delaying and obstructing an officer, leading an officer on a pursuit and parole violation.

During the arrest Henson noticed a man driving by several times, yelling at him. The man was later identified as Prado's brother-in-law. He was arrested for delaying and obstructing an officer.