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Stalker accused of ramming ex's vehicle
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A Modesto man was arrested Sunday, April 6 after he allegedly rammed his estranged girlfriend's car twice in the 2700 block of Pyramid Avenue in Ceres.

Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith said that George Rodriguez, 42, intentionally rammed the woman's vehicle in an attempt to bait her and boyfriend outside for a confrontation. Smith said the relationship between the suspect and victim has been over for more than a year but that he has a history of emotionally tormenting his ex. Smith said the victim has moved three times in an attempt to get away from Rodriguez but that he found out her latest residence.

At 1:45 p.m. Rodriguez rammed his 1992 Lexus into the woman's red Honda Civic and then broke out the driver's side door window.

Rodriguez was located at his residence on Oregon Drive in the airport district of Modesto and booked for making terrorist threats and felony vandalism.

Ceres police also were involved with these other crimes:

• TIRE SHOP RANSACKED - Mitchell Tires in the 2900 block of Mitchell Road, was ransacked early Monday morning after someone smashed a window and entered the building.

The break-in took place at 4 a.m. The owner is trying to determine what was taken.

Police found the office in complete disarray with shelves knocked down and items tossed around.

• WOMAN JAILED AFTER THEFT - Melissa Turpitt, 34, of Modesto, was arrested for commercial burglary on Saturday evening after she was observed stuffing items in her purse and then walking out of Home Depot on Hatch Road.

Security personnel saw Turpitt concealing items and then walk out of the store with a cart prior to closing at 10 p.m. When the magnetic alarm went off she stayed put and was asked to empty her purse. They found $60 worth of gloves, a drill bit and a flashlight.

She was booked for commercial burglary.