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• VENUS HOME BROKEN INTO: CERES - Police have no leads on the suspect or suspects who broke into a house in the 2200 block of Venus Drive on Saturday, Dec. 22 and stole a variety of goods.

The residential burglary was reported at 7:42 p.m. after a woman who lives at the house returned home and found her garage door rolled up. A number of items from the garage were taken including a kitchen faucet, a DVD player, VCR and power tools. Missing from the inside of the house was a bag of clothes and Nike athletic shoes.

• GUN ARREST MADE IN GANG FIGHT: CERES - A Modesto teenager was arrested for illegal gun possession during a large gang fight at 955 Alcoy Drive on Sunday morning, Dec. 23.

Edgar Alvarez, 19, of Modesto, was arrested for having a concealed loaded firearm and probation violation with gang enhancements. Police found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun tucked into his waistband. They believe he is the one of 15 to 20 in the gathering who was seen brandishing a weapon.

Lt. Brent Smith said that Officer James Riley recognized some of the young people as members of the Deep South Side gang which has been targeted by the Stanislaus County District Attorney with a gang injunction.

• HOME INVASION ROBBERY: CERES - Police say that a Thursday, Dec. 20 home invasion robbery that took place in early morning in the 2700 block of Magnolia Street was staged in order to steal the occupant's 1983 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The robbery was reported at 4:07 a.m. after two unknown suspects wearing black face masks forced entry through a garage door and into the residence. The men, one armed with a handgun and the other with a shotgun, found their way to the first victim who was on the couch. They pointed guns at him and directed him to the room in the back of the house where another male was asleep. While both men were being detained at gunpoint, the victims could hear sounds coming from the garage. That's because, said Lt. Brent Smith, an accomplice was loading up the Harley into another vehicle. The men fled without taking anything else.

The Harley owner did not see the vehicle used in the theft and could not identify the suspects.

• MORE STOLEN GOODS FOUND: CERES - Police conducted a search of a notoriously active Ceres parolee two days before Christmas and found another bonanza of goods believed taken in burglaries.

Not only did Charles Love, 29, of Ceres, end up back in jail on new charges, but two children in the house were taken by Child Protective Services for unsafe living conditions.

The probation search occurred at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23 at Love's house at 2200 Moffet Road. Love was reportedly uncooperative and had to be forced to the ground where he was handcuffed for the search to take place.

Inside the house police found goods confirmed to be from a vehicle burglary that occurred the night before, including a stolen laptop computer.

Officers found the inside of the house was filthy with three or four dogs inside. Two uncapped syringes were found, one inside a child's room. Officers determined that the children were living in an unsafe home and needed to be removed.

Love was charged with possession of stolen property, child endangerment, and possession of ammunition.

After it was confirmed that other items seen in the house were stolen goods, police returned at 9:57 a.m. the next day and found two Hughson residents in the driveway who had warrants for their arrest. Walter Scott Osborne, 46, of Hughson, was arrested for a warrant issued for Turlock Police for a previous police pursuit. Tammy Goulet, 45, of Hughson, was cited and released for a possession of drug paraphernalia warrant.

In the backyard, officers found a bag of 25 stolen drivers' licenses in a burn pit. It appeared that Love was in the process of burning IDs because there was a gas can nearby.

On Dec. 8 police arrested Love for possession of stolen property.

• TEENS CAPTURED RUNNING FROM STOLEN CAR: CERES - Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday, Dec. 26 after they were seen ditching a stolen blue 1988 Honda Prelude in an open field in the 2000 block of Walnut Avenue.

Officer Pat Dayton saw the vehicle being dumped and saw three suspects scatter, one jumping a fence at 2028 Walnut Avenue. Two others were detained in the parking lot.

Arrested on charges of possession of stolen property were a 15-year-old Ceres boy, a 17-year-old Ceres boy and a 17-year-old Modesto teen.

• CASH MACHINE TAKEN: CERES - The windows of two Hatch Road pizza restaurants were smashed on Dec. 18 in an apparent attempt to steal the cash machines located inside.

Nothing was taken from Rico's Pizza, however, the cash machine was removed from the Round Table Pizza restaurant at the corner of Hatch and Mitchell roads.

• ONE SLASHED IN LARGE GANG FIGHT: CERES - At least one male was cut by a machete in a large Dec. 21 gang fight that also involved bats in the 2000 block of Pleasant Avenue.

The 10:30 a.m. fight was over a female and those involved were uncooperative with police.

• SOLO CRASH DISRUPTS NEIGHBORHOOD: CERES - An early Christmas morning solo crash in the 2700 block of Malik Drive damaged a pickup, resulted in the loss of power for hours and ended in the arrest of its driver the next day for hit and run.

At 12:52 a.m. on Christmas day, a red 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup careened out of control and struck a fire hydrant, damaged an electrical service box and sheared off a cluster mailbox. The pickup rolled and landed on its roof. Two occupants were seen running from the pickup before police arrived.

Officers had to wait before entering the area before TID could shut off the power to fix the service box. The neighborhood was out of electricity for several hours.

Police paid a visit to the truck's registered owner in the 2800 block of Starling Drive and learned that the driver was the owner's son, Daniel Perez, 19, of Ceres. He turned himself in on Dec. 26 for hit and run charges.

Lt. Brent Smith said a criminal complaint has been forwarded to the District Attorney's office against Perez. He also noted that Perez is expected to receive a sizable bill from TID for the damages and cost of employees' wages fixing the mess he created. Smith said he suspects the driver was intoxicated during the crash but that police cannot prove it.