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• ID FRAUD ARREST MADE: CERES - Two illegal aliens were arrested by Ceres police Feb. 24 for fraudulently using others' Social Security numbers to buy items as well as illegal gun possession.

Jose Chavez, 35, and Rosario Velarde, 38, were booked into the Stanislaus County jail on charges of using false documents to conceal citizenship and resident status, misusing personal identifying information, and possession of an assault weapon.

The pair were arrested at 9:10 a.m. after a search warrant was executed at 3465 Hollowell in Ceres in reference to ID theft. It's believed that Chavez and Velarde were using other persons' Social Security numbers to purchase homes, cars, and other goods and services. During the search, evidence of false Social Security numbers and other ID cards and accounts being used fraudulently were seized.

A total of 27 weapons, including handguns, rifles and illegal assault rifles, were also seized.

Federal immigration agents assisted in this case and are conducting follow-up investigations on weapons charges and the immigration status of both.

Detectives say it's too early in the investigation to determine how many identities have been used fraudulently. I

Anyone with any information regarding this case may contact Detective Britton Moore at 538-5627.

• WANTED SUSPECT APPREHENDED: CERES - Police arrested the man wanted in the Feb. 25 shooting outside of 948 Stone Springs Drive.

Jesus Chavez, 27, of Ceres, was spotted at his residence on Thursday evening. An off-duty officer spotted Chavez at his house where six days earlier Chavez allegedly shot at a vehicle while one bullet hit a house. Officer Pat Dayton called Chavez on the phone and got him to surrender at 6:49 p.m.

Chavez was booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm and the negligent discharge of a firearm.

The indoor marijuana growing operation was state licensed .

• DRUGGED MOM ARRESTED: CERES - A mother of a two-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday, May 2 after she publicly wandered the 1600 block of Central Avenue while under the influence of narcotics.

At 6:20 p.m. a citizen called 911 to report a woman with a small boy knocking on doors and waving at passing cars.

Officer Kiashira Ruiz found Marilyn Smith, 21, of Turlock, under the influence of methamphetamine which she admitted to using. Since Smith was unable to care for herself and her son, she was arrested and booked on charges of being under the under the influence of a controlled substance and child endangerment. The child was released to his father.

• OWNER OF STOLEN CAR HELPS NET ARREST: CERES - The owner of a 2004 Honda stolen on Feb. 19 was surprised when seeing it traveling down the road in Ceres on Wednesday, March 2, and immediately got on the phone to 911 dispatchers. At 10:48 p.m. he gave a description of the driver of his own car which was headed southbound on Richland Avenue from Hatch Road.

Police located the vehicle in the alley between Grandview and Belmont avenues but it was unoccupied. Officers arrested Terry Bond, 29, of Ceres. The owner of the car gave a positive identification of Bond who was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, auto theft and violating the terms of his parole.

• PRISON ESCAPEE FOUND IN CERES: CERES - Police arrested an a state prison escapee in Kern County last week as the result of a tip.

A special unit from the California State Prisons contacted Ceres police on March 3 reporting that Miguel Jaime, 24, was at a home in the 2600 block of Don Pedro Avenue. They asked for help in making an arrest so officers set up a surveillance effort. They saw Jaime get into a red vehicle and followed it to the downtown Modesto Greyhound bus station where an arrest was made in the parking lot.

• MOM ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT: CERES - Leaving three children in a car while she shopped for groceries resulted in the arrest of a Ceres mother on Saturday afternoon, March 5.

Officer Steven Carvalho was patrolling the Cost Less Foods parking lot on Hatch Road at 12:34 p.m. when a bystander flagged him down to report three unattended children, aged 3, 5 and 7, in a car. The bystander reported that the seven-year-old got out of the car to retrieve an item from the trunk and had accidentally slammed the trunk on her hand but was freed by an adult who knew to pull the trunk lid release.

Maria Salgado, 27, returned to the car with groceries and carrying her one-year-old child. Salgado was arrested for child endangerment and the children's father came to pick up the children.