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• CAUGHT WITH STOLEN GOODS: CERES - Suspicious and evasive were words police used to describe Thomas Augustine, 34, of Modesto, who was arrested as he was milling around a car found to contain stolen merchandise.

At 1:17 a.m. on Thursday, Officer Joe Wren passed by a residence in the 2800 block of Charlotte Avenue which has been a trouble spot for officers. Directly in front of the house was Augustine standing by a car parked. Wren stopped to check out the parolee and detained him. Inside the car was property taken during recent Modesto residential burglaries. Also found was drug paraphernalia.

Police called the victims of the burglaries and they picked up their items.

Augustine was booked on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, possession of a meth pipe, possession of controlled substance and violation of parole.

• ARREST MADE AS VEHICLE WAS BEING STRIPPED: CERES - Ceres patrolman Jeremy Lewis arrested a man on Wednesday, June 8 caught in the process of stripping items from a stolen vehicle.

Lewis was assisting a bail bondsman in locating Timothy Ferguson, 30, of Ceres. At 12:24 p.m. Lewis drove through the 1800 block of Walnut Avenue where he spotted Ferguson sitting in a stolen car in a driveway. The officer also found that Ferguson was in possession of stolen stereo equipment, rims and tires, and a cell phone.

Ferguson was charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property and three felony warrants.

• RENTER LEAVES BEHIND DEAD POT PLANTS: CERES - Thirty dead marijuana plants were left behind by a renter who abandoned the home at 2813 Glasgow Drive last week.

The landlord called police to report the discovery of the abandoned indoor pot growing operation.

Police said an unknown Hispanic man was responsible.

• BROTHER SHOOTS AT BROTHER: CERES - A 20-year-old Modesto man was arrested for attempted homicide after he allegedly took shots at his brother during a Friday evening altercation in the 2200 block of Venus Drive.

Police say Adam Torres was involved in an argument at 6 p.m. with an occupant of a home and that his brother, Junior Elias, 23, of Modesto, tried to break it up. That's when Adam reportedly pulled out a chrome revolver and aimed it toward the ceiling and squeezed off some rounds.

The fight spilled outside where Adam Torres fired off several rounds at his brother but missed.

Torres was adamant about being a gang member, said Lt. Brent Smith. He was booked for attempted murder.

• TEXTS TO GIRL LAND MAN IN JAIL: CERES - A homeless man who was befriended by members of a Ceres church was arrested last week after he allegedly texted a minor in the household with requests for sex.

The girl's grandmother originally agreed to take in Robert Joseph Brenner, 48, because he was homeless, said Lt. Brent Smith. Brenner later offered her 13-year-old granddaughter a cell phone since she didn't have one and began sending her texts to encourage her to have sex with him. The girl became frightened and told others.

The grandmother and granddaughter reported the texts to Ceres police. Officer Joe Wren worked with the girl to bait Brenner into a meeting but Brenner spooked at the last minute and was apprehended as he was fleeing Valley Christian Church.

Brenner was arrested on charges of sending harmful matter to a minor by phone, a felony, and annoying or molesting a juvenile.

TEEN GIRLS SEEN TRYING TO OPEN CARS: CERES - Two 15-year-old girls who appeared to be heavily intoxicated were arrested Sunday morning after they were were seen trying to open up parked cars in the area of the Eloise and Garrison.

Dispatchers were called by residents at 7 a.m. to report the pair. Police found the girls and noted one had a Juvenile Hall arrest warrant. She was arrested.

The other girl was acting "absolutely psycho," said Lt. Brent Smith, first telling the officer "F--- you!" The officer was intending to release the girl to her parents but grew even more aggressive at her home so he took her to Juvenile Hall instead. On the way, the girl began screaming, kicking the cage, bashing her head against the window and threatening to kill the officer or have him killed.

She was booked for obstructing and threatening an officer.