A recap of the most noteworthy crimes committed in the area.
• BURGLARY TOOLS FOUND ON BICYCLIST: CERES - A man wanted for burglary was picked up by a Ceres police officer on Tuesday, June 25 as he was in possession of burglary tools.
At 9:40 p.m. Officer Michael Vierra attempted to stop a bicyclist at Richland Avenue and Richard Way. The suspect, Luis Rizo, 33, of Modesto, peddled off in an attempt to flee the officer, heading southbound on Richland Avenue and then heading another direction when he was headed off. Rizo allegedly put up a fight and the officer had to use his expandable baton three times to get him off the bike. After falling off the bike Rizo refused to show his hands as ordered but was finally subdued.
Rizo was arrested for the no-bail warrant for burglary and for charges of possession of burglary tools. He admitted smoking methamphetamine earlier in the day.
• BURGLARY ON FANTASY LANE: CERES - Police are investigating a residential burglary in which a home in the 800 block of Fantasy Lane was broken into and items taken Sunday.
The resident left the home at 10 a.m. and upon the return at 9 p.m. saw the entire house had been ransacked. The burglar or burglars had entered the house through a vandalized window. The resident reported a computer and jewelry missing.
Police have no information on a suspect.
• BIKEJACKING REPORTED: CERES - An early morning cruise on a bicycle ended when a 25-year-old Ceres man was robbed of his bicycle near the 7-Eleven at Service and Mitchell roads on Tuesday, June 25.
The bicyclist was pushing his bike across the sidewalk at 1:25 a.m. when two Hispanic men appeared. One held the man while the other grabbed his bike and ran off with it on eastbound Service Road toward Moore Road.
The bike was described as a black Beechcraft with a motor attached.
• CARJACKING REPORTED: CERES - A man lost his 2000 black GMC Yukon in a Thursday, June 27 carjacking reportedly occurring behind the Food 4 Less store at 1561 Mitchell Road.
At 11:05 p.m. the victim was meeting a female behind the commercial building. As he was sitting in the vehicle, a dark-colored Nissan pickup pulled behind him. The victim got out to confront the suspect, who reportedly displayed a handgun. The victim pushed the suspect and ran into store to call for help.
By the time he returned the Yukon was gone.
• ENFORCEMENT OPERATION NETS 14 CITATIONS: CERES - A special motorcycle safety enforcement operation was conducted on Saturday, June 22 which involved 16 vehicles being stopped.
From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ceres officers were intentional about looking for certain code violations common motorcycle crashes, including unsafe movements of cars. A total of 14 citations were issued and three vehicles towed because the drivers were driving illegally. Three citations involved unsafe turn movements, three for tinted windows and three for talking on a cell phone while driving - all practices which have been known to contribute to motorcycle accidents.