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• RASH OF DOOR-KICK BURGLARIES: CERES - At least eight homes in the Ceres area have been burglarized in a rash of door-kick entries, Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith reported.

The burglaries are being committed mostly during daytime hours when most people are away.

"They're happening all over the city so no one is safe from this, that's for sure," said Lt. Smith.

The suspects may involve four Hispanic young men aged 16 to 20, some whom have shaved heads and possibly traveling around in a burgundy Ford Taurus. A witness in the 800 block of Taggert reported to police a suspicious looking group on Nov. 2.

Police believe the crime starts with a knock on the door and if no one answers the door is kicked in. At least one suspect stays outside to act as a look-out.

Homes struck on Wednesday, Nov. 2 included those in the 1300 block of River Valley Circle, 2200 block of Giant Oak, 1600 block of Don Pedro Avenue, 3400 block of East Lane and the 1600 block of Glenridge.

On Thursday, Nov. 3 kick-in burglaries were made at homes in the 1600 block of Don Pedro Avenue, 3400 block of East Lane and the 1000 block of Aristocrat Drive.

• FALSE ID ARREST MADE: CERES - Devaun Evans, 23, of Modesto, was arrested Nov. 2 after he was stopped for a burned-out tail light and lied to the officer about his true identity in an attempt to hide that he was driving on a suspended license.

Evans was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. at Rose and Darwin avenues. Evans was charged with felonious giving a false name to an officer, and driving on a suspended license. His vehicle was impounded.

• METH FOUND ON MAN: CERES - A consensual search made on Nov. 2 by Officer James Riley on pedestrian Luis Madrigal, 44 of Modesto, turned up a small amount of methamphetamine and his arrest.

Madrigal was stopped at 8:36 p.m. while walking in the area of Anthony and Sonora avenues. He gave permission for a search and was later booked on charges of possession of meth.

• STOLEN MANHOLE COVER ENDS IN INJURY: CERES - A 41-year-old woman was injured Saturday after she stepped into a storm drain hole which was devoid of a cover, likely stolen.

At 4:30 p.m. the woman got out of the car to smoke at the Hope Chest parking lot at 1791 Mitchell Road when she stepped into the three-feet-deep hole. She suffered pain in her leg, knee and hip and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Seven other hole covers were missing in the parking lot.

Police say there has been a rash of manhole covers being stolen probably for scrap metal redemption.

• DUI CRASH: CERES - Christian Garcia, 18, of Ceres, was arrested for DUI, driving on a suspended license and probation violation after colliding into parked cars in the 1300 block of Richland Avenue.

The crash occurred at 3:02 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 in an apartment complex parking lot. Garcia, who was on probation for a prior DUI conviction.

•BIKE STOPS NET ARRESTS: CERES - Four men were arrested in three separate stops of suspects on bicycles early on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 3.

Officer James Riley stopped the suspicious men all traveling in the dark of early morning on bicycles. All were charged with possession of methamphetamine.

The first stop came at 12:13 a.m. at Herndon Road and Eugene Avenue where Juan Castillo, 34, and Michael Galvan Jr., 27, were traveling together on separate bikes.

At 1:14 a.m. Riley stopped and arrested Ronald May, 41, of Ceres, at Herndon Road and Holm Avenue.

At 2:02 a.m. Riley made a stop in the 1300 block of Holm Avenue and arrested Jason Page, 36, of Modesto.

• PICKUP STOLEN, SUSPECT GETS AWAY IN PURSUIT: CERES - A car thief who took off in a late 1990s Chevy Silverado from the parking lot of Walgreen's narrowly escaped capture after leading police on a seven-minute chase through the streets of Ceres.

The theft occurred at 12:14 a.m. Friday when the pickup's owner left his vehicle's engine running as he was picking out a video at the outside Red Box vending machine. A suspect jumped in the pickup and drove it off. A short while later, Officer James Riley located the stolen truck at Bystrum and Latimer and a pursuit was initiated.

The chase went down River Road, Crows Landing Road, east on Hatch Road, south on Mitchell Road and ended in the area of Heather and Lupin. The suspect was surrounded as he pulled over on Larkspur Lane with his hands in the air. However, the driver decided to squeeze out of the boxed-in formation and hit two patrol cars on his way out. Officer Brian Albonetti tried to perform a pit maneuver on the suspect but the driver turned onto Fowler Road where he drove into residential front yards striking garbage cans and ran away on foot.

Police set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect. He was described as white or Latino, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot tall, with a muscular build, wearing a gray and black hoodie.

Lt. Brent Smith warned drivers to never leave their vehicle running unattended.