NO ID THEFT REPORTED FROM STOLEN COMPUTERS: Employees at a Modesto mortgage company that had computer equipment stolen last month say they believe information on the equipment can't be used for identity theft. Matt Crawford, broker at All-American Mortgage, said the information on a stolen computer server was password protected, so it would be difficult for someone to access it. He said he had no reason to believe a thief would have such a password. A burglar broke into All-American's Coffee Road office sometime during the weekend of Nov. 10 and stole the server, a modem and a wireless router. Crawford said the company warned hundreds of clients whose information was on the computer about the break-in and theft, but has received no reports of identity theft. "That doesn't eliminate the possibility that it could still happen," said Crawford, who added that company officials still are determining whose information was on the server. Crawford said he believes the thief or thieves stole the equipment as a way to disrupt All-American's operations rather than for resale value or identity theft. He said Modesto police are investigating the break-in.
STOLEN GOODS ONLINE; ARREST MADE: Modesto police say they have arrested a 21-year-old Modestan during a sting operation in which they bought stolen property from him through an Internet sale. Police arrested Jose Antonio Gomez Jr. on Tuesday, according to police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach. The investigation began Sunday, when a burglary victim told police his aviation global positioning system unit worth $3,200 was stolen from his truck. The victim looked on Web sites craigslist and eBay and told police Tuesday he'd seen his property for sale online, possibly by "Anthony Gomez." Undercover detectives met with Gomez after agreeing by phone to purchase the GPS unit, Gundlach said. The detectives found that the serial number matched the stolen GPS unit, then arrested Gomez. He is free after making bail, Gundlach said Wednesday night.
SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED: Modesto police have identified the critically injured victim of a drive-by shooting Tuesday as Adrian Arozco Quezada, 26, of Modesto. The shooting occurred in the
800 block of West Whitmore Avenue, near Dallas Street, according to Sgt. Craig Gundlach of the Modesto Police Department. Quezada remained in critical condition Wednesday at a Modesto hospital. At
7:04 p.m. Tuesday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department received reports of gunshots in the south Modesto neighborhood. Nearby Modesto police officers also heard the shots, Gundlach said. When deputies arrived minutes later, they found a blue Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car in the road. Quezada had been shot and was alone in the car and still in his seat, Gundlach said. Witnesses told investigators they saw a small, dark vehicle leaving the area after the shots. Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can leave an anonymous tip and may be eligible for a reward.
HOME INVASION SUSPECT HELD: A former Modesto gang member Ceres police arrested on suspicion of attempted murder is being held in lieu of $1.57 million bail, authorities reported. Micah Dizney, according to a 2004 Modesto Bee profile, once was a member of Modesto's North Side Boyz, a street gang aligned with the Norteños; he has spoken out against the gang lifestyle. According to spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department connected Dizney to a November home invasion and robbery. On Nov. 11, two or three men entered a Riverbank home, in the 6000 block of Eleanor Avenue, tied up a man and demanded money before shooting him, Singh said. The injuries were not life-threatening, he said. The suspects also went into a nearby trailer, where the victim's son lived, and tied him up while looking for valuables. Dizney, 35, has a court date set for Jan. 10 in connection with attempted murder, home invasion, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The investigation is ongoing, Singh said. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about this incident to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can leave an anonymous tip and may be eligible for a reward.