Ceres car theft suspect arrested after foot chase

December 20, 2011 

— A Ceres man wanted on suspicion of burglary was arrested beneath a canal footbridge while hiding from police, authorities said.

Scott Holder, 44, was taken into custody less than a mile from a truck police say he used in a Monday morning burglary that was followed by a wild chase through a fence and back yard while trying to elude an officer.

Sgt. Anthony Bejaran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said that just before noon, deputy Lloyd MacKinnon heard an alarm going off at a business in the 2400 block of East Service Road in Ceres.

As MacKinnon went to check, he saw a white box-type truck leave the parking lot at high speed. He attempted a traffic stop, but Holder kept going, Bejaran said.

The truck went through a fence and into a back yard before heading back to the road, at which point MacKinnon ended his pursuit because of a safety risk to the public.

He gave other agencies a description of the truck, and at some point it was discovered behind a residence in the 3000 block of Moore Road.

Ceres officers, along with those from the California Highway Patrol and the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force, searched for the driver and found Holder under the bridge.

Deputies discovered that the truck had been stolen from a Crows Landing Road business. The vehicle and property inside were returned to the owner.

Holder was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, burglary, vandalism and evading a peace officer.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office at (209)525-7114. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips at modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message and be eligible for a cash reward.

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