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Crime Digest
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• SHOOTING RELATED TO POT GROWER: CERES - Police are looking for a man suspected of firing a gun in the 900 block of Stone Springs Drive Friday morning.

At 8:46 a.m. Ceres Police received a 9-1-1 call of shots being fired at Stone Springs and Brown. When officers arrived they located witnesses and evidence of the shooting. At least one house was struck. A search warrant was obtained to enter 948 Stone Springs where there was an indoor marijuana growing operation and a handgun possibly used in the shooting.

Police believe the gunman was Jesus Chavez, 27, of Ceres, who has a criminal record.

Those with information on Chavez's whereabouts or the shooting is urged to contact officer Tonya Smith at 538-5729.

• FELONY VANDALISM ARREST: CERES - A 32-year-old Turlock man was arrested Monday, Feb. 21, after he allegedly threw a large backpack at a car traveling 50 mph in the area of Mitchell and Rhode roads.

Police were notified by the driver at 8:50 p.m. and the suspect, Eduardo Hernandez, was found walking in the area. Hernandez admitted throwing the backpack, which caused over $600 damage, but was also acting strangely and did not want to talk to officers. He was booked for felony vandalism.

• ASIAN HOUSE RANSACKED: CERES - A burglar alarm sent police scurrying to a ransacked Asian House restaurant, 2992 Whitmore Avenue, Tuesday morning, Feb. 22. The suspect got away by the time police arrived at 5:15 a.m. but officers got busy investigating a mess.

"They really tore the place up," said Lt. Brent Smith of the Ceres Police Department.

The burglar only got away with $20 in change but "did substantial damage to the business," he added.

Entry was made after prying open a rear door to an adjacent business and then tearing a hole in the wall to gain access to the restaurant. The burglar also ripped a hole in the wall on the other side only to find an empty business space.

• WINDOW SMASHER CAUGHT: CERES - Witnesses said a man punched his fist into several windows and breaking them in the 3000 block of Fourth Street in downtown Ceres early Saturday morning. The man was eventually caught at 1:25 a.m. after causing thousands in damage.

Windows were found broken in the former bank building at the corner of Fourth and Lawrence streets owned by Jim Delhart. The suspect also allegedly damaged the windows of an adjacent Mexican restaurant and a pay phone in front of the eatery.

Police caught up to Marco Antonio Bernal, 27, of Ceres, as he tried to duck into the back of the Nashville West bar. Sgt. Trenton Johnson flushed him out from the front of the bar. As he was attempting to flee out the back, Bernal was tackled by Officer Joe Wren in the alley.

Bernal was booked for felony vandalism.

• FIGHT AT APARTMENT COMPLEX: CERES - A fight in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1749 Richland Avenue resulted in one man being booked for crimes.

The fight was reported at 11:40 p.m. on Monday, Feb 21.

Alvaro Obregon, 21, of Ceres, was armed with a shower curtain rod and using it against Victor Gonzalez, 19, of Ceres. Obregon was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer.