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Trailer stolen from tire store recovered
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Ceres police have apprehended the suspect who stole a trailer from Les Schwab Tires in Ceres on Sunday, Aug. 17.

At approximately 11 a.m. a white male adult drove to the store at 1830 E. Hatch Road, and hooked up an 18-foot enclosed cargo trailer to a maroon over silver Chevy long bed pickup. The pickup had a sticker in the rear window and a diamond plated toolbox in the bed.

On Monday Ceres Officer Patrick Dayton located the 1988 Chevy pickup in the 1200 block of Glenn Avenue. Members of the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (StanCATT) got involved and arrested Michael Piazza, 40, of South Modesto, who was working underneath the vehicle. Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges said Piazza struggled with officers and had to be tasered to be subdued. The arrest came at 2:55 p.m.

Officers learned that Piazza sold the trailer to a Manteca resident.

Police also recovered $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools that were inside the trailer at the time of the theft. Some of the tools, including a large hoist, were found at a business on Nickerson Drive, said Borges.

Piazza was charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property and a parole violation.