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Turlock chase ends in Ceres
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Ceres police located a car Monday morning which was being chased earlier by Turlock officers into Ceres.

At 12:07 a.m. Turlock police pursued a silver Buick La Sabre into Ceres. The Turlock officers terminated the pursuit after losing sight of the Buick at Whitmore Avenue and Moffett Road. A Ceres officer spotted the silver Buick and chased it to the apartment complex at 1625 Richland Avenue. The driver of the vehicle abandoned the car and fled on foot. Ceres officers checked the area but did not locate the driver.

Turlock police were summoned to the scene and took possession of the car.

In other noteworthy crimes, the following incidences were handled by Ceres police:
• STOLEN CREDIT CARD USED - Home Depot loss prevention officers stopped a woman who was attempting to buy household items from the Hatch Road store on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Ceres police arrested Norma Moulyn, 51, of Modesto, at 5:56 p.m. after she tried using the stolen card to buy $213 worth of goods at the self check-out aisle.

Sgt. Jose Berber said that Moulyn was apparently making purchases at other Home Depot stores in the area.

• DUI ARREST MADE AFTER DISTURBANCE - Two men were arrested Wednesday, Oct. 23, for alcohol related charges after officers were called to a disturbance in the area of Punjab Plaza on Central Avenue.

At 11 p.m. a 9-1-1 call was placed regarding a disturbance in which one person was possibly armed with a handgun. As officers arrived a BMW was leaving the scene in a reckless manner and blowing through a stop on Don Pedro and Central.

The car was located on Sungate Drive. Driver Agustin Valdovinos, 22, of Ceres, was arrested for DUI. His passenger, Jose Duran, 31, of Ceres, was arrested for public drunkenness.

Police suspect that the two were related to the disturbance call but there was no evidence.

• CITED FOR KNIFE POSSESSION - Robert Lopez, 45, of Modesto, was hitchhiking in the 2100 block of Mitchell Road on Thursday evening but when stopped by Officer Carlos Quiroz searched him a switchblade knife was located which was cause for a citation.

Lopez was released on a citation at 8:10 p.m.

• TOOLS STOLEN BY KNIFE BRANDISHER - A knife-wielding suspect got away with tools Thursday evening after he brandished a knife in front of a worker who was unloading a truck in the industrial area at 1321 Rockefeller Drive.

The robbery occurred at 8:53 p.m. The victim was unloading a work truck when he was approached by a white male adult with a mustache who brandished a pocket knife. The man did not say anything but grabbed a tool belt filled with miscellaneous tools and a power tool out of the truck. The suspect then rode away on a bike. The victim followed the suspect but lost sight of him on Whitmore Avenue and Rockefeller Drive.

• PASSED OUT MAN ARRESTED - A man who was passed out in a van with drugs in his hand was arrested Friday as officers checked a call about a large party in the 2800 block of Canyon Drive.

At 12:29 a.m. Officer Josh Klinge located a van parked in the area as he was looking for stragglers from the party. He found Angel Garza, 36, of Modesto, passed out in the van with dope in his hand. Garza was booked on charges of public intoxication and possession of methamphetamine.

As officers were dealing with that, about 100 persons came out of a house in 2100 block throwing beer bottles and garbage around the neighborhood. One belligerent and intoxicated person, Ronald James Edwards, 18, of Patterson, was arrested for delaying and obstructing officer after he was shouting obscenities at officers. He was also arrested for public intoxication.

• POLICE TAKE K-9 TO MODESTO - Ceres officer Coey Henson was of assistance to Modesto Police on Sunday after his canine Dex helped them to locate crystal methamphetamine in a house at 1702 Floyd Ave.

• PAIR ARRESTED IN PARKING LOT - Two men were arrested Sunday after Officer Carlos Quiroz deemed them to be suspicious in the Home Depot parking lot.

Quiroz was on patrol when he spotted what he suspected was a drug deal at 11 a.m. He saw Maximo Sarmiento, 49, of Stockton leaning against a parked black Lexus as he was interacting with a man who had rode up on a bicycle. The officer noted that William Thompson, 28, of Richmond, was sitting behind the wheel.

The bicyclist rode off and Sarmiento moved away after they noticed that Officer Quiroz was watching them. Suspecting that a drug deal just occurred, Officer Quiroz spoke to the two men, who acknowledged that they knew each other and had arrived together.