In their attempt to run from Ceres officers, two burglary suspect unwittingly led police to an unrelated large indoor marijuana growing operation on Friday afternoon, Sept. 6.
The incident began with a burglar alarm reported to Ceres police at 4:15 p.m. at 1540 Hackett Road.
Ceres Police Officer Bryan Ferreira responded and saw two men fleeing the residence and gave chase. The pair split up and escaped into the neighborhood, for which police promptly surrounded to search.
A police canine was brought in and one suspect was found hiding at 1305 Nemo Court.
Meanwhile, a 9-1-1 call came in from one resident who reported that a male jumped from her back yard to a yard on Sanko Avenue. Police searched the yard and found a partially open sliding glass door open at 3210 Sanko. They walked inside and found an indoor marijuana grow where two men were detained.
The burglary suspects were not connected to the pot growing operation, said Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith.
Meanwhile Officer Jon Vera was advised that a man was spotted jumping fences in the 3600 block of Soda Canyon Drive. The man was located and detained at Sungate and Soda Canyon drives.
A 15-year-old male and Michale Jimenez, 18, of Ceres were each arrested and charged with residential burglary, conspiracy and vandalism.
Meanwhile police obtained a search warrant to enter the house on Sanko. Police seized 2,500 marijuana plants, including 300 large adult plants, as well as a .45-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber handgun.
Neither suspects Alfonso Ramos, 56, and Pedro Garcia, 24, both Mexican nationals, could speak a word of English. They were being held on cultivation of marijuana and weapons charges and likely face deportation back to Mexico.