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Modesto Police are investigating a “Smash and Grab” type of a burglary that occurred last night at a north Modesto jewelry store. The suspects were able to take thousands of dollars worth of jewelry before fleeing the business.

On Thursday, May 10th at about 11:23 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to Rogers Jewelers, located at 3600 Sisk Road, for a report of a commercial burglary that just occurred. When Officers arrived they discovered a red truck had been driven into the front doors of the business and left abandoned. Surveillance video from the business showed 4-5 suspects entered the jewelry store and took various jewelry items. The suspects then fled the store leaving the truck behind.

Officers determined the truck had recently been stolen from a nearby neighborhood. Officers located a trail of stolen jewelry, which led the officers across Sisk Road, thru an opening at the chain link fence that borders the northbound Highway 99 freeway and onto the shoulder of the freeway itself. After a few yards the trail ended, which indicated the suspects may have gotten into a waiting vehicle along the side of the freeway.

In the surveillance video, the suspects were seen wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirts and hats, which concealed their identities. If you have any information regarding this incident call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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Modesto Police detectives are investigating a shooting that left one person critically injured. The shooting created a chain reaction, which resulted in the victim driving his vehicle into two parked cars, a fire hydrant, and striking two pedestrians, as the victim was attempting to escape the gunfire.

On Wednesday May 9th, just a little after 7:00 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to Robertson Road Park, located at 500 Hammond Street, in west Modesto, for a reported shooting. When officers arrived they located the victim, a 21-year-old male Modesto resident, sitting in the driver’s seat of a black BMW vehicle. The victim suffered from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

The initial investigation has revealed the victim and his friend, an 18-year-old male Modesto resident, were involved in some type of altercation with a group of males at the park, earlier in the evening. The altercation escalated and when the victim and friend tried to leave the park in the BMW, a suspect from within the group at the park fired several shots at the BMW. The victim, who was driving, was struck at least once as he continued to speed away. The victim hit a parked car, struck a fire hydrant, and hit two pedestrians before hitting a second parked car and coming to a rest. The two pedestrians were treated at local hospitals and sustained minor to moderate injuries, as a result from being hit by the BMW. The shooting victim’s friend, who was the passenger in the car, did not suffer any injuries.

Modesto Police detectives from the Violent Crime and Gang Units are following-up on leads, interviewing witnesses, and processing the crime scene. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the altercation and shooting may have been gang-related. At this point in the investigation, limited information is known about the shooting suspect. He described as being a Hispanic male in his mid-20’s, 5’-6” tall, and weighing approximately 280lbs. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

On December 01, 2011 Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford, CA for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

Over the last five months Detective Jon McQueary has continued to work on the investigation. As part of the investigation Detective McQueary submitted DNA evidence gathered at the crime scene in an attempt to get a match, so he could identify the deceased baby’s mother. Last week Detective McQueary received a DNA profile for a potential mother, but he does not have a name yet.

Detective McQueary is hoping that someone will be willing to come forward and provide him information that will help to identify the mother in this investigation.

Anyone with information about this case can contact Detective Jon McQueary at (209) 525-7099. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

Crime Scene Investigators examine and photograph a trash can where a deceased newborn was found abandoned.

Detectives from the Stockton Police Department developed information that Angel Baca and Steven Baca were involved in the homicide of Randal Valdivia. Valdivia was murdered on May 1, 2012 in the area of Sutter Street and Washington Street in Downtown Stockton. Yesterday, members from the Stockton Police Department Gang Street Enforcement Team (GSET) and the Fugitive Apprehension Team (US Marshal’s) arrested Angel Baca and Steven Baca in the area of Sierra Nevada Street and Harding Way. Detectives investigating this homicide believe the homicide was gang-related. Both Angel Baca and Steven Baca are documented gang members with the Stockton Police Department. The victim, Randal Valdivia, was also gang-affiliated. The suspect, Angel Baca, Hispanic male, 18 years old, a resident of Stockton, was subsequently booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for homicide and gangrelated charges. The suspect, Steven Baca, Hispanic male, 18 years old, a resident of Stockton, was subsequently booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for homicide and gangrelated charges.

Victor Efren Navar (Mug Shot)

Modesto Police Homicide Detectives have learned that the suspects involved in yesterday’s shooting in south Modesto was related to a drug transaction gone bad.

On Tuesday May 1, 2012, at about 12:47 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to a residence in the 1500 block of Dezzani Lane in south Modesto for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they located two adult male victims in the front of the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers located a third shooting victim inside the residence who was deceased. Emergency personnel transported the two surviving victims to local hospitals where they remain in stable condition. The deceased male found inside the home has been identified as Ivan Ramirez, a 32-year-old Rio Dell resident.

Witnesses told officers the suspects were two Hispanic male adults, who were seen fleeing the residence in a 2-door black Mercedes car.

At about 4:12 P.M, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 5200 block of Prairie Flower Road in Ceres, for a male found deceased in a driveway to a residence. It appeared this deceased male was dropped off at this location. Modesto Police detectives responded to the scene and determined this deceased male was connected to the shooting on Dezzani Lane.

Homicide detectives have confirmed the deceased male was one of the suspects who fled in the black Mercedes. The deceased suspect has been identified as Armando Rubio, a 31-year-old Modesto resident, who had recently been released from state prison under the AB109 Prison Realignment program. Rubio died from a gunshot wound. In addition, police have recovered the black Mercedes on a rural road near Ceres.

The other suspect who fled in the black Mercedes with Rubio has been identified as Victor Efren Navar, a 35-year-old Modesto resident. Navar is currently wanted for murder and is considered armed and dangerous. Navar is also currently on parole.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, the initial investigation has revealed the shooting was a result of a drug deal gone bad. It appears there was an exchange of gun fire between the involved parties at the residence, which left four people shot, two of which have died. If you have any information regarding this incident call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.