MODESTO -- In three days Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives arrested six people in connection with a burglary at a Kohl's department store over the weekend.
Early Saturday morning, two men pried open the back door of the Kohl's in Riverbank and stole more than 50 watches and pieces of jewelry, according to Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.
Later that night, Modesto police officers found a stolen vehicle and apprehended Bobby Murrah, 22, of Modesto, and Randy Lee, 38, of Turlock. During a search of the stolen vehicle, officers reportedly found a large bag containing watches stolen from Kohl's and clothing that matched the outfit worn by one of the Kohl's burglary suspects.
Modesto police contacted Riverbank detectives Josh Humble and Josh Sandoval, who identified Murrah as one of the men who burglarized Kohl's, Bejaran said. Murrah was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property.
Lee, who allegedly was wearing one of the stolen watches when he was apprehended, was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property.
On Tuesday, Humble and Sandoval searched properties in the 2800 block of Patterson Road in Riverbank and the 5200 block of Tunson Road in Modesto.
In Riverbank, detectives found stolen watches from Kohl's and two shotguns that had been stolen during a burglary at the Sports Authority store on Modesto's McHenry Avenue on Sunday. The shotguns had been altered and made into short-barreled shotguns, Bejaran said.
Thomas Denino Jr., 34, of Modesto, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.
In the Modesto property search, detectives found more stolen watches, more than an ounce of methamphetamine and about a half-pound of processed marijuana.
Tommy Taylor, 34, of Modesto, was at the home and was identified as the second burglary suspect from Kohl's, Bejaran said. The clothes he allegedly wore during the robbery were found inside the home. Taylor was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of methamphetamine for sale and violation of parole.
Alyssa Soares, 19, of Modesto, was at the home and reportedly in possession of a loaded and concealed .22-caliber handgun. She was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a concealed and loaded firearm, second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
While at the Tunson Road property, detectives searched the room of Matthew Turner, 29, of Modesto. He was not home at the time, but detectives reportedly found stolen property from Kohl's and ammunition. He was found Thursday and arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Detective Josh Humble at (209) 863-7146. An anonymous tip can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can send tips to www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.
Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2366.