• HOUSE RANSACKED WHILE OWNER IS GONE: CERES - Police detectives are running down leads on a Saturday residential burglary in which $6,000 in possessions were
The owner called 911 at 859 p.m. from the 1300 block of Daniel Way after retiring to home and discovering the break-in and theft. The thieves entered the house by forcing open a side door into the garage. Items taken include jewelry and a handgun, said Lt. Brent Smith.
The theft took place sometime between 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. while the resident was away.
• TRIO SOUGHT FOR BURGLARY: CERES - Two Turlock men and a Modesto woman are wanted by Ceres Police in connection with their alleged role in a commercial burglary in Modesto.
The three suspects were traveling in a tan-colored 2002 Buick Century when it was pulled over at 1:13 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 by Ceres patrol officer Brian Peterson for mechanical violation atop the Whitmore Avenue/Highway 99 Overpass in Ceres. Peterson learned that Shawn Storment, 27, and Matthews Roberts, 41, both of Turlock, were on parole for prior burglary convictions.
Peterson noticed that a Dell laptop computer was inside the car but at the time was unable to determine if it had been stolen despite none of the occupants claiming it as their own. The men, as well as occupant Krista Kamps, 38, of Modesto, were released since the officer had no probable cause for their arrest at the time.
Ceres Police Detective Greg Yotsuya later searched information on the computer and learned that it belonged to a male employee of Bright Homes at 1620 N. Carpenter Road in Modesto which had been burglarized along with neighboring offices just 23 minutes before the Ceres traffic stop. The computer had been taken from a desk inside the office.
"We are looking for these folks for burglary charges and for possession of stolen property," said Lt. Brent Smith of the Ceres Police Department.
Anyone with information that would help lead police to the suspects should call Ceres police detectives at 538-5727.
• DUI CITATION ISSUED: CERES - Judy Ibarra, 49, of Modesto, was cited and released to her sober passenger and cousin to drive her home after police pulled her over Thursday evening for erratic driving habits.
Officer Jeremy Lewis made a traffic stop on Ibarra as she was driving a 2003 Chrysler Sebring in the 900 block of Hatch Road at 11:37 p.m. Lewis noticed a smell of alcohol coming from the driver and had her blow into a breathalyzer which registered a blood alcohol content of 0.23.
She was cited for DUI and released to the cousin.
• MAN BREAKS UP HOUSE WITH BAT: CERES - Police had to exert physical force Thursday evening to subdue a 38-year-old mentally ill man who was breaking items with a baseball bat inside his parents' home in the 1800 block of Walnut Avenue.
A disturbance broke out between the man and family members before 8 p.m. before he picked up the bat and began breaking things. When police arrived the man was asked several times to come outside. After several minutes he came out and spoke with officers who determined him to be a danger to himself and others. They placed the man under a 72-hour mental health evaluation.