Arrests in attempted theft
Newman police said that two people were arrested Dec. 21 on charges stemming from the attempted theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Highway 33.
Police said an officer responding to a 1:40 a.m. report of suspicious activity in that area arrived to find Victor S. Pfister, 30, of Newman, attempting to remove a catalytic converter from beneath a vehicle. Police said Pfister’s brother, 31-year-old Wesley E. Pfister IV of Patterson, was found parked nearby.
With the assistance of Gustine police and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, both were taken into custody.
Police said each of the brothers was arrested on misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and committing a petty theft during a state of emergency.
Newman police said a 2000 Honda Accord was reported stolen Dec. 21 from the 1100 block of Duckblind Circle. At the time of the report, the vehicle had already been located by Modesto Area CHP, police said. The vehicle had been damaged but not stripped.
The following were among additional arrests reported by Newman police from Dec. 21-27. The arrest report includes incidents in which an individual was released on citation as well as cases in which a suspect was booked.
Jorge L. Reyes Jr., 18, of Gustine, was arrested Dec. 24 on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana.
Yesenia Duran Islas, 35, of Newman, was arrested Dec. 26 on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jose L. Martinez Hernandez, 40, of Newman, was arrested Dec. 27 on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.
Juan Perez, 24, of Turlock, was arrested Dec. 27 on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.
Newman police received 88 calls for service, reported 17 officer-initiated incidents, handled 15 cases, made six arrests, wrote two traffic tickets and issued one parking citation from Dec. 21-27, according to the department’s activity report.
Gustine police said two vehicle thefts were reported last week.
A 1998 Honda Civic was reported stolen Dec. 24 from the 400 block of Fifth Street.
A 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was reported stolen Dec. 25 from a Jensen Road location.
Police said several theft cases were recently reported.
A catalytic converter were reported stolen Dec. 27 from a 1999 Ford F350 in the 200 block of Fifth Avenue. The loss was estimated at $1,200.
A light projector was reported stolen Dec. 22 from a yard in the 500 block of Eighth Street.
A cell phone was reported stolen Dec. 24 off a store counter at the 33 Market.
Prescription medications were reportedly taken from a purse left in a shopping basket at Dollar General. That incident was reported Dec. 24.
Police said three vehicle burglaries were reported Dec. 23.
A purse containing an undisclosed amount of cash was reported stole from a vehicle in the 1400 block of Via Del Pettoruto.
Two cell phones were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of Via Borrelli. The phones were valued at $700.
A vehicle burglary was reported in the 1000 block of Bonta Avenue. Police said it was not immediately known if items were missing.
The following were among arrests reported by Gustine police from Dec. 21-28. The arrest report includes incidents in which an individual was released on citation as well as cases in which a suspect was booked.
Taiz Zapien, 18, of Gustine, was arrested Dec. 22 on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.
Charlene L. Hayslip, 40, of Gustine, was arrested Dec. 23 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Francisco Rodriguez, 50, of Gustine, was arrested Dec. 27 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a license suspended for DUI.
Devani Riggs, 34, of Gustine, was arrested Dec. 28 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a narcotic controlled substance.
Gustine police received 74 calls for service, reported 127 officer-initiated incidents, handled 17 cases, made five arrests, and issued nine traffic citations from Dec. 21-28, according to the department’s activity report.
Weekly arrest and incident reports are provided by the Newman and Gustine police departments. Charges may have been dropped as of press time. All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.