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Police arrest robbery suspect
Police have arrested the suspect believed to be responsible for five Ceres robberies and others in Modesto and Turlock.

Bhawan Singh, 22, of Ceres, was arrested Monday evening on a $100,000 arrest warrant.

Police had been hot on Singh's trail since they first executed a search warrant on July 30 at Singh's parents' home in the 1800 block of Darby Lane. Police had hoped to find Singh there during the 8:20 a.m. search but he was gone. They were, however, to collect evidence to build a case against Singh.

At 9:54 p.m. an anonymous caller tipped police off that Singh was back at the house. Officers from the newly formed Street Crimes Unit responded and made the arrest.

"He's been linked with the five robberies," said Sgt. Jeff Higginbotham. "The cities of Turlock and Modesto are looking at him as a suspect in robberies there. Turlock has a couple of robberies where he was positively identified from booking photos."

The Ceres robberies were:

• Klassy Kuts, 2600 Mitchell Road, Ste. E, on April 30;

• Baskin Robbins, 2630 Hatch Road, on May 5;

• Payless Shoe Store, 1520 Mitchell Road, on May 17;

• Sally's Beauty Supply, 1633 Hatch Road, on July 17;

• Sprint Nextel, 1778 Mitchell Road, on July 27.

Similar methods were used in all five Ceres robberies, said Higginbotham. In the Sprint Nextel robbery, the suspect handed the clerk a note demanding money and indicated there would be a shooting if his demand was not met. The man was given cash and fled on foot. No weapon was seen in that robbery but Higginbotham said some type of gun was seen in other robberies.