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Released inmate commits vandalism to go back to jail
Ceres Cop Car

Ceres Police arrested a man who said he committed a Sunday break-in so he could be arrested and taken out of the cold and back to the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.

Officer Eric Souza was dispatched to the Stanislaus County Community Services building at 442 E. Hackett Road at 6:48 p.m. for a window smashed at the entrance. The bottom window near the front doors was shattered. It appeared someone broke the glass with a lid from one of two trash cans. A search turned up no one and a county maintenance worker confirmed nothing appeared to have been disturbed. The broken window was estimated at $1,500 to replace.

At 9:40 a.m. on Monday morning, Officer Jeffery Podvin was dispatched to the Modesto Police Department to meet with a suspect who claimed responsibility for the damage. Cody Spurlock, 31, of Ceres, said he had been released from the Public Safety Center on Hackett Road late on March 11 and was cold and wanted to go back to jail so he used a trash can lid to break a small window and let himself into the building. After breaking the window Spurlock waited for law enforcement to arrive, but fell asleep. Spurlock woke up around 9 p.m. and left.
Spurlock was arrested and, on the way to jail, admitted breaking glass at the nearby bus stop.

A maintenance worker estimated the bus stop damage at $2,000.

Spurlock was booked for felony burglary and vandalism.

Surveillance video showed Spurlock standing in the Community Services building.