Ceres Police Department

  • Agency: Ceres Police Department
  • Address: 2727 3rd St, Ceres, 95307 CA
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Phone: 209-538-5712
Fax: 209-538-5707
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Ceres Police Department is located at 2727 3rd St, Ceres, 95307 CA. The Ceres Police Department phone number is 209-538-5712.

Ceres Police Department News

FOUND - PIT BULL PUPPY The puppy shown below was wandering the street in front of the Police Department. She has been brought into the Department and is being cared for while we wait for Animal Control to arrive. We believe she is approximately 8 months old. She is friendly and well cared for and looks as if she is chipped. If she belongs to you, please call 538-5726 to see if she is still at the Department or if she's been taken to Animal Control. Ownership will be confirmed via the information on her chip.

PRESS RELEASE Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police October 26th, 2018 4:00 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – On Saturday October 27th 2018 the Ceres Police Department, in cooperation with the Ceres Unified School District, will be conducting a multi-agency training exercise at the Cesar Chavez Junior High School located at 2701 Eastgate Blvd. Personnel from the Ceres Police Department, Ceres Fire Department, AMR and CUSD will be in attendance. This training exercise will be closed to the general public. Eastgate Blvd. southbound from Whitmore Ave. will be closed from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. #ceresunifiedschooldistrict

NEWS RELEASE October 16, 2018 Ceres Police Department Public Information Unit Office of Chief Brent Smith PIO Sgt. Coley 209-538-5642 Ceres, CA. – On Saturday, October 13, 2018, at approximately 8:20 AM, our communications center received calls regarding a woman lying in the parking lot of K-mart located in the 1300 block of Hatch Road. Officers arrived and located a 47 year old woman, from Modesto in the western portion of K-Mart parking lot. The woman had no signs of life and was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical professionals. The woman was identified as Clara Wiley, age 47 from Modesto, California. Officers saw no obvious signs of foul play and the body was released to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office for a medical examination. During the preliminary stages of the autopsy, Ceres Police investigators were summoned to the coroner’s office due to indications the woman may have died by suspicious circumstances. Further investigation revealed the woman had internal and some external signs of being run over by a large truck, possibly a tractor-trailer while she lay in the parking lot. Because of this finding, the Ceres Police Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team will conduct a comprehensive investigation as the cause and circumstance of this collision. Currently, Ceres investigators have no suspect information or suspect vehicle information. If you have any information regarding this collision or witnessed this collision, we ask you to please call Officer Kessler at 209-538-5620 or use the Crime-Stoppers phone number below. Follow us on twitter @CeresPD Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CeresPoliceDepartment Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 1-866-60-CRIME(27463) or 209-521-4636

UPDATED INFORMATION: MAYA OSBORNE HAS BEEN FOUND. Thank you to all who shared the information on Facebook.

NEWS RELEASE October 15, 2018 Ceres Police Department Public Information Unit Office of Chief Brent Smith PIO Sgt. Coley 209-538-5642 Ceres, CA. – On October 13, 2018, at 5:29 PM, our communications center received a call of an automobile collision in the intersection of Ustick Road and Service Road. Patrol officers arrived on scene and located two parties, one who sustained fatal injuries and the other who sustained major injuries. A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Kia Sportage was being driven west bound on Service Road by a 78 year old female, Faye Beard from Modesto. A second vehicle, a 2003 Honda Civic was being driven by 29 year old adult male, from Ceres who was traveling south bound on Ustick Road. Investigation reveals the driver of the Honda ran a posted stop sign at Service Road. The front end of the Kia collided with the driver side of the Honda. This caused both vehicles to come to a rest on the shoulder of Service road west of Ustick. Both vehicles sustained major damage. The driver of the Kia was transported to a local hospital for treatment of major injuries. The driver of the Honda was pronounced deceased on scene. The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Division will conduct an investigation and autopsy of the deceased adult male for cause of death. Refer to the Coroner’s Division for the identity of the adult male driver. Because of the severity of this collision, the Ceres Police Department Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team was summoned and will conduct a comprehensive investigation. If anyone witnessed this collision or has information regarding this collision, please call Officer Kessler at 209-538-5620. Follow us on twitter @CeresPD Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CeresPoliceDepartment Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 1-866-60-CRIME(27463) or 209-521-4636

Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police October 11th, 2018 9:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – On October 10th, 2018 Officers of the Ceres Police department arrested 18 yr. old Kiana Nesmith of Ceres and a 16 yr. old male juvenile for robbery. This incident occurred around 5:30 PM at the Wells Fargo ATM, located at the Ceres branch on Fourth St. The 60 yr. old male victim was at the walk up ATM withdrawing cash. Nesmith approached an ATM machine next to the victim, pretending to use the machine. As the victim was retrieving his money, Nesmith reached over and grabbed his cash. A struggle between the victim and Nesmith over the cash ensued. During this struggle, the 16 yr old male suspect grabbed the victim around the neck with both hands and began to squeeze. This caused the victim to let go of the cash. The 16 yr old pushed the male to the ground as he and Nesmith fled on foot. Several people in the parking lot of the bank witnessed the robbery, called 911 and followed the suspects. They were able to direct responding officers to the suspects’ location. The suspects were located in the 2700 Blk. of Fourth St, a short distance from the bank. They were taken into custody without incident. They were in possession of the cash stolen from the victim. The victim suffered minor facial injuries. Nesmith was charged with robbery, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 16 yr. old male was charged with robbery, conspiracy and elder abuse.

It’s the little gestures that reminds us of why we do what we do. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. McKinnon! #Thankful

Please join us in welcoming three new Officers to the Ceres PD Family: Matthew Myers, Kyle Morris and Nicolas Welsh. Chief Smith had the privilege of Swearing them in this past Monday morning. Welcome Matt, Kyle and Nick!

National Coffee with a Cop Day is right around the corner! Plan on joining us at Farmer Boys on October 3, 2018 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am for a cup of joe and some great breakfast options!

Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police September 14th, 2018 1:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – On 09-13-18 at 6:55 am, officers were sent to Richland Liquors located at 1805 Richland Ave, regarding a burglary that had just occurred. A citizen had called our dispatch center reporting two people breaking into the business. Officer arrived and found the back door had been pried open. No one was found inside the business however the area around the cash register had been ransacked. The business owner arrived and the security video was reviewed. It showed two males had broken in and stolen cash and lottery tickets. Officer Petersen, who had responded to assist in this burglary, recalled recently handling a suspicious incident at Cost Less Foods, located at 1610 E. Hatch Rd. the day before. In that call, a male had cashed in several winning lottery tickets, claiming he has spent $1000 on them. The tickets he cashed in totaled just over $700. The store was later contacted by Lottery Security and told that the tickets this male had cashed in had been stolen during a burglary of a business in Modesto. Officer Petersen contacted Cost Less Foods and other area businesses to put them on alert for someone trying to cash in a large number of lottery tickets. On 09-13-18 at 9:37 am, the Manager of Cost Less Foods contacted our dispatch center. He reported a male was in the store with a large quantity of lottery tickets. The Manager advised that it was the same male that had cashed in lottery tickets the day before. Officer Petersen and Officer Caron responded to this call. When they arrived, they contacted and detained the male, identified as Garcia, Kevin 30 Yrs. of Modesto. He was in possession of over fifty lottery tickets. Clothing he was wearing and other items located in his possession matched one of the two suspects captured on the surveillance video from the Richland Liquors burglary earlier in the day. Garcia was booked for burglary, receiving stolen property and a probation violation.

Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police September 13th, 2018 2:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – On 09-12-18 at 1:48 PM a citizen called 911 reporting they had witnessed subjects stealing mail from a community mailbox in the Eastgate neighborhood. The witness followed the subjects, who were in a white Toyota Yaris, providing our dispatchers with their location and direction of travel. The suspects made their way to the parking lot of La Sequoia Market. They had apparently noticed the witness following them. The suspects stopped in the parking lot and one of them exited the vehicle with a crowbar in hand. He walked to the back of their car, holding up the crowbar towards the direction of the witness that was following. The witness relayed this information to our dispatcher and backed away. The suspects, identified as Carlos Gomez 25 Yrs of Tracy and Richard Raygoza 22 Yrs of Modesto then got back into the vehicle and fled. Sgt. Hooper was arriving in the area and saw the suspect vehicle fleeing. Sgt. Hooper attempted a traffic stop however the suspects chose to flee from him and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit went northbound on Highway 99 and into the City of Modesto. It ended approximately twenty minutes later when the suspect vehicle collided into a Ceres K9 patrol unit on Sylvan Ave east of McHenry Ave. This collision occurred when the suspect made a U-turn in stopped traffic and collided almost head on with the patrol unit that was maneuvering around the stopped traffic. The K9 officer suffered back and neck pain from the collision. Neither suspect was injured. The K9 in the patrol vehicle was uninjured. A large amount of mail was recovered from inside the suspect vehicle. The driver, Carlos Gomez was booked for evading the police causing injury, exhibiting a deadly weapon, witness intimidation, possession of burglary tools, theft, conspiracy and vandalism. The passenger, Richard Raygoza was booked for possession of burglary tools, theft, vandalism and conspiracy.

Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police September 12th, 2018 1:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – On 09-11-18 at 2:45 in the morning, patrol officers began hearing the sounds of shots fired as they were patrolling in the area of Hatch Rd. and Richland Ave. They saturated the area and began looking, hearing more shots. Officer Henson located a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed from eastbound Woodworth Ave. to southbound Richland Ave. The vehicle ran the stop sign at Richland Ave. and Nadine Ave. Officer Henson stopped the vehicle, which had a total of three occupants. During his stop, he had the front passenger, Reid, Shawn 26 yrs. of Modesto, step out of the car. When he did, officers saw several spent shell casings on the passenger side floor board. A short barrel AR-15 pistol with a large capacity magazine was located inside the vehicle. Reid stated he had been in a fight earlier in the night. He denied any knowledge of the firearm. Evidence located on the rifle and in the vehicle lead officers to believe that Reid had been in possession of and actively firing the weapon prior to being pulled over by Officer Henson. He was booked for numerous weapons related charges.

PRESS RELEASE Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police September 11th, 2018 3:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – A second suspect has been arrested for his involvement in the Bank of the West robbery that occurred on 09-07-18. BROWN, Anthony Wayne 48 Yrs. of Ceres was arrested on 09-10-18 shortly after 8:00 am after turning himself in at the Ceres Police Department. BROWN had been detained on the day of the robbery. At that time, investigators lacked enough evidence to hold him on robbery charges. After further investigation, evidence was developed to sustain a robbery and conspiracy charge against BROWN. BROWN has been identified as the getaway driver in the robbery. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. T. Viramontes at (209) 538-5730.

PRESS RELEASE Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police September 7th, 2018 6:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – On 09-07-18 at 4:17 PM our department was contacted by security from Bank of the West, and advised that a robbery had just occurred at their 2501 E. Whitmore Ave. branch. Officers converged on that location as bank security updated them with information. The suspect was described as a black male between 30-40 yrs old, 6 foot wearing a black zip up hooded sweatshirt. No weapon was displayed during the robbery. No vehicle description was provided. Bank security was able to track the money that was given to the suspect and Officers were directed to an apartment complex located in the 3000 blk of Tenth St., several blocks to the south east of the bank. Several subjects matching the general description of the suspect were located in the apartment complex parking lot and detained. After some investigation, one of those detained was identified as the suspect. He was positively identified by security footage from the bank. He was identified as BARNETT, Deanthony 28 years old of Ceres. The stolen money was located in the apartment complex, partially hidden under an air conditioning unit. Part of the note used in the robbery was also located. This is an active, on-going investigation. No other information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this crime, please contact Det. T. Viramontes at (209) 538-5730.

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****** Identification Needed ****** We are attempting to identify the subjects in these photos. They are responsible for a theft that occurred at Home Depot this morning (09-05-18) in Ceres. If you know the identity of these individuals, please DM us. Thank you.

The Ceres Police Department would like to thank everyone who came out and donated blood on Tuesday. We had 46 participants! Mark your calendars - our next Blood Drive will be sometime in January, 2019.

Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police August 23rd, 2018 For immediate release Contact: Sgt. G. Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, CA – On August 14th, 2018 the Ceres Police Department was notified that Eric Sanchez-Padilla 23 Yrs, was detained at the Calexio-West port of entry. At approximately 9:30 a.m. Sanchez Padilla was escorted to the pedestrian facility by Mexican officials where he was turned over to Customs and Border Protection officers. A query of Sanchez-Padilla’s fingerprints revealed the outstanding Ceres Police Department homicide warrant. CBP officers contacted the Ceres Police Department and arrangements were made to transport Sanchez-Padilla back to Stanislaus County. On August 22nd, 2018, Ceres Police Detectives booked Sanchez-Padilla into the Stanislaus County Jail for the outstanding homicide warrant. His arrest concludes a three year manhunt for the fugitive wanted in connection with the homicide of Derrick Farrow at Runaround Sue’s bar on Mitchell Rd. in Ceres that occurred on December 26th, 2014.

This morning from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. members from the Modesto Police, Turlock Police, California Highway Patrol and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department joined the Ceres Police Department for a traffic operation. Operation "Good Morning" was conducted by members of the County Integrated Traffic Enforcement Team. This is a team of traffic officers who enforce traffic laws in Stanislaus County cities and rural areas. A total of 93 citations were issued to drivers and 8 vehicles were stored. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Please plan on joining the Ceres Police Department on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 to donate blood to the local Red Cross. They are in an emergency situation and need all the donations they can get. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Ceres Community Center.

Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police August 14th, 2018 3:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. Greg Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Ceres, Calif. – On August 11th, 2018 at 7:00 AM, Investigators with the Ceres Police Department executed a search warrant in the 2200 Blk. of Cassandra Wy. Modesto. This capped off months long investigation into a rash of box store burglaries and robberies in and around Ceres by Detective Eric Gallegos. Investigators had noticed an increase in burglaries and robberies at stores such as Walmart and Home Depot with shopping carts full of merchandise being stolen. This prompted the investigation. Through several weeks of investigation and surveillance, Detectives learned of a fencing operation being operated out of homes in the 2200 Blk. of Cassandra Wy. and the 1400 Blk. of Rosemore Ave. Modesto. Detectives developed enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for both locations. During the service of the search warrants, investigators came up empty at the Rosemore Ave. location. They found what they were looking at the Cassandra Wy. location when they discovered an estimated $250,000.00 worth of stolen merchandise. The stolen items ranged from whey protein powder, video game consoles and household fixtures to power tools and pond pumps. In all, three trailers full of stolen merchandise were recovered. Investigators learned that the suspect, identified as Travis GARVIN 36 Yrs. of Modesto, had a fairly elaborate operation. People would steal items from various stores and call in the UPC label numbers to Garvin. Garvin would research the retail cost of the item on the internet, than pay a quarter of that price for the stolen item. He would then sell the item for half price on eBay. In the next few days, Detectives will be working with area retailers to process and return the stolen merchandise to the rightful owners. So far, merchandise belonging to Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and Harbor Freight has been identified.

Prayers to the family, both blood and blue, of Officer Griess.

PRESS RELEASE Ceres, California Ceres Police Department Brent Smith- Chief of Police August 12th, 2018 4:30 PM- For immediate release Contact: Sgt. G. Yotsuya (209) 538-5719 Man Barricade Himself After Firing a Shot- On August 12th, 2018 at 11:47 AM, the Ceres Police Department responded the 3400 Blk of Brown Ave. after a female called 911 saying a male had shot at her. Officers contacted the victim at a nearby park. She stated that the male, identified as Whitt, Robert Ervan 67 Yrs. of Ceres, had been drinking and arguing with her. During their argument, Robert pulled out a handgun and fired it. The female victim was not hit. She was able to run from the house and call 911. Officers responded to the residence and contacted Robert. Robert came out of the residence unarmed, looked around at the officers and went back into his residence, starting just over a three hour standoff. Ceres Police SWAT and Crisis Negotiators were deployed along with the Stanislaus County Sheriff Department’s Helicopter and Modesto Police Department’s drone. Robert was contained inside the house while neighboring residents were evacuated and/or advised to shelter in place. Ceres Police Crisis Negotiators were able to convince Robert to come out of his residence at approx. 3:30 PM. No one was injured during the incident. The female victim is not being identified. Investigators are currently investigating this incident as an assault with a deadly weapon. Anyone with information related to this incident are asked to contact Detective Bryan Ferreira at (209) 538-5616. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/CeresPoliceDepartment Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 1-866-60-CRIME(27463) or 209-521-4636

Please join the Ceres Police Department in welcoming our latest member - Reserve Dispatcher Erika Grace. Erika has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Criminal Justice. She just spent the summer in Washington D.C. as an advisor for a National Youth Leadership Forum that focused on Law & CSI. She mentored a different group of high school students each week as they considered criminal justice as a potential career choice. She also works part time for Turlock PD as a Records Clerk. Welcome the the family, Erika!