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Four juveniles arrested in theft spree
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Four juveniles were arrested Friday, Nov. 29 after police received calls about girls being in a neighbor's backyard.

A resident in the 700 block of Winding Brook Court called police at 4 p.m. to report intruders with the belief that a burglary was taking place. The females, however, left in a white vehicle described as a Jeep "Liberty."

Ceres police dispatchers later received calls about persons riding in a white SUV throwing out personal items onto the street in the 3900 block of Central Avenue. Officer Frederico Ortiz put out a Be On the Lookout (BOL) for the vehicle, which was spotted by a California Highway Patrol officer. When the officer attempted to stop the Jeep the driver led on a high-speed pursuit. There was no information on where the chase ended but four juveniles were arrested.

The 2011 Jeep Cherokee, stolen from a Modesto owner, contained evidence linking the four suspects with two residential burglaries in Ceres. Police believe that the four visited the 2000 block of Ariano Lane in Ceres where an Xbox was taken from a home.

Lt. Brent Smith said all four suspects live in the Sutter Street area of Modesto. All were booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of residential burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of stolen property.

In other crimes, Ceres police dealt with the following cases:

• OFFICER STOPS CAR DURING PURSUIT - The quick actions of a Ceres police officer ended a dangerous high-speed pursuit through a residential area of west Ceres on Friday evening, Nov. 29.

Officer Ross Bays was patrolling at 11:46 p.m. in the 2900 block of Pompei Lane when he saw a 2012 Honda Civic being driven recklessly. He attempted to pull over the driver but he tried to elude the officer and a chase was on, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph.

A half-mile away the pursuit went onto Allacante Drive to Valley Brook Drive when Bays performed a PIT maneuver to cause the suspect to lose control and end the chase with minor damage to both vehicles.

Driver Jesus Ramirez, 18, of Ceres, said he had been drinking and did not want to get arrested. With a blood alcohol content of 0.10 BAC Ramirez was arrested for DUI, endangering a child under 18 and leading police on a pursuit.

• POLICE SEEK OWNER OF BIKE - Police believe that a child's bicycle found where two suspects with criminal backgrounds were interrogated was actually stolen and want to return it to its owner.

At 4:30 a.m. on Thursday an officer stopped two suspicious males who were milling around in the 3200 block of Helen Perry Drive. Tommy Rhoades, 24, and Robert Graham, 21, both of Ceres, were both on probation and searchable for prior narcotics and stolen property convictions. The pair had nothing on them but could not explain the reason they were in the area. They were cited for a vehicle code violation.

But after the interrogation, officers found a child's bike hidden behind an electrical box in the area. The belief is that the men stashed it and were later intending to retrieve it. Police would like to return the bike and ask the possible owner to contact Ceres Police (538-5712) and give a description of the bike for its return.