Ceres Police Sgt. Vincent Hooper took notice of a Honda Civic speeding in the Walmart parking lot and nearly collided with a second vehicle on Thursday evening, April 16. His 7:34 p.m. traffic stop of that driver resulted in the driver’s arrest for grand theft auto.
Sgt. Hooper pulled followed the Honda as it drove alongside the store’s western wall and into the adjacent business center. Driver Isaiah Khidir, 29, of Modesto swooped into a parking spot in front of closed businesses and began walking away with his 31-year-old male passenger. Khidir told Sgt. Hooper that he had borrowed the Honda from a friend. Hooper requested the California Highway Patrol to drive to the registered owner’s home to ask about the vehicle and was told the Honda had been stolen three weeks before. The owner then arrived to retrieve his car. The owner confirmed that he did not know Khidir and did not give anyone permission to take the car.
Khidir, who was on probation for robbery, was placed under arrest for grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle and probation violations.