Three persons were arrested on shoplifting charges in three separate cases of alleged theft in a three-day span.
At 10:37 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, Officer Hector Pulido was flagged down by a loss prevention officer at Kmart on Hatch Road and informed that a suspect, Bobby Leon Fouts, 25, had run out of the store with stolen goods and had jumped over a fence into a backyard over the Kmart wall. Pulido did a search and located Fouts at Eugene and Appleton avenues where he was taken into custody. On him he had a stolen BB gun, CO2 canister, a flashlight, Craftsman wrench and copper BBs totaling $245.90.
Fouts allegedly gave a fake name to the officer but he was positively identified at the jail. He was charged with theft, impersonating another person and probation violation.
The second incident occurred at Walmart at 1045 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. Michelle Sue Barto, 31, of Sacramento, allegedly filled up a shopping cart with a TV, BLu-Ray DVD, beddings and clothing and other items worth a total of $632. She then walked right out the door without making a single purchase, setting off the theft alarm at the door.
Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jose Berber said Barto "had a change of heart" and pushed the cart back toward the store, leaving it in the middle of the parking lot before trying to leave.
Police found Barto and begged not to be arrested. She was booked for commercial burglary.
In the third case, Antonio Chacon, 23, of Modesto, told police that he decided to conceal two air soft gun holsters in his jacket because he didn't have enough money to buy them. The Walmart products cost $22.45.
He was cited and released for theft at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.