Turlock — A chase though town Monday morning led to the arrests of three people police believe are connected to a string of recent burglaries.
According to authorities, a resident called in a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Hawkeye and Quincy avenues in east Turlock at 9:28 a.m. The license plate the resident supplied came from a car recently stolen in Modesto. Officers dispatched to the call spotted the vehicle driving in the area of Hawkeye and Colorado Avenue.
The suspects drove away when they saw an officer approach, and a pursuit ensued. The chase went through the northeast part of Turlock before heading into the county. The occupants threw several items from the car, including an asp — an expandable baton, police said.
Finally, the car became disabled while driving through an orchard in teh 1100 block of Aldrich Road east of Hughson. Officers arrested the three people in the car. Arrested were Joseph Walker, 34, of Modesto, on charges of possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of the asp thrown from the car during the pursuit, possession of metal knuckles, possession of stolen property, violation of probation, five outstanding warrants, and attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the jail during the booking process; Daniel Reagan, 27, of Turlock, on charges of possession of heroin, possession of a zip-gun (illegal single shot fabricated gun), possession of stolen property, and a parole hold; and Colin Craig, 30, of Modesto, the driver of the vehicle, booked on charges of possession of the stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, felony evading arrest, and committing crimes while out on bail for other crimes or charges.
Authorities said they had already identified several victims of the burglaries and returned property to them.