Two Modesto men were caught red-handed as they were breaking into a Ceres industrial building on early Tuesday, April 14.
At 2:32 a.m. Officer Charles Rushing was sent to the 1400 block of Angie regarding a possible burglary in progress. A security guard reported a white pickup had backed up to a cyclone fence and that he heard the sound of breaking glass. The guard provided the description of two males seen arriving in the pickup.
Officer Rushing spotted the white pickup towing a flatbed trailer leaving the area and caught up to it as it traveled westbound on Hatch Road. He stopped the vehicle at Hatch and Moffett roads.
Other Ceres officers helped detain driver Brandon Walker, 29, and passenger Denzil Rout, 37, both of Modesto. A pair of bolt cutters was lying on the seat.
Ceres Police found two cut locks were on the ground near the large gate to the yard of J.D. Transmission Gears. Inside the yard, officers found chain links on the ground that had been freshly cut. A cut trailer hitch pin lock was also found in the yard.
The owner of the flatbed trailer stated that the trailer should be in a secured yard on Angie Avenue and that no one had permission to take it. The owner retrieved his stolen trailer.
Both Walker and Rout were arrested and face charges of commercial burglary, grand theft auto, possession of burglary tools and criminal conspiracy.