A 33-year-old Ceres man was not going to surrender himself to police on Tuesday, Dec. 10 for an arrest warrant so the threat of a police canine dog bite encouraged him to call it quits.
Police went to the residence of Jhamani Jones in the 3100 Whitmore Avenue at 1:22 p.m. with the intent to make a $950,000 warrant arrest issued in Sacramento County. Jones refused to come to the door and after several minutes of waiting, officers deployed the canine. The suspect gave himself up with no force used.
Police also worked on these other significant crimes:
• SCHOOL A/C UNITS DAMAGED - Police took reports over the last week of separate cases of vandalism and theft of metal taken from rooftop air conditioning units at Virginia Parks Elementary School.
The first break-in occurred on Dec. 10 as someone took copper from the units. The second case was on Sunday evening.
Police said thieves make off with copper for a minimal amount of money but the damage they leave is often in the thousands of dollars.
• OFFICER SPOTS STOLEN CAR - A Ceres police officer on patrol in the area of Crowslanding Road and Colussa Avenue made an arrest of two persons sitting inside of a stolen vehicle on Friday, Dec. 13.
Officer Freddie Ortiz was in the area at 3:16 a.m. when he saw a suspicious white 2003 Dodge Caravan and ran the license plate only to learn that it was stolen in Modesto.
He held the two occupants at gunpoint until backup arrived and both were arrested without incident.
Robert Meyers, 45, of Modesto, and Amanda Walkingelk, 27, were arrested and each charged with auto theft and possession of stolen property. Walkingelk was also charged with violating the terms of her probation, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• MAN ARRESTED IN TRAILER THEFT - A 20-year-old Modesto man was pulled over on Saturday afternoon as he pulled a trailer that later proved to be stolen. Officer Freddie Ortiz was unaware that the trailer had been stolen and let the suspect go. When Ortiz learned the next day that the 1990 U-haul utility trailer had been stolen in Modesto, he went looking for it and found it parked in the retail shopping center at 1650 Hatch Road.
The same man was found with the trailer. Ortiz learned that Thomas Pack, 20, of Modesto, had lied about his name the first time. He was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, having false tags on the black 1995 GMC Sierra, violation of probation and giving a false name to a police officer.
• MAN PRETENDS TO BE A COP - Detective James Riley was on patrol at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when he spotted and detained a man dressed up like a police officer in the 1300 block of Herndon Road.
Dalton Young, 29, was arrested for impersonating a police officer after Riley found him wearing police rain gear and a replica Sheriff's badge. Young appeared to be mentally unstable and told the officer that he just wanted to be a police officer.