Modesto detectives use surveillance photos to find carjacking suspect

Bee Staff ReportsJune 26, 2014 

Modesto Police Department property crime detectives tracked down a carjacking suspect Tuesday after comparing a clothing description to surveillance photos from an attempted car burglary committed the same day.

The carjacking occurred Sunday morning in the 3100 block of Julene Drive in southeast Modesto, said Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves.

The victim arrived home in his truck to find a man, later identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Debernardi, breaking into his other vehicle parked in front of his house.

The suspect ran and got into a nearby car driven by a second suspect, 33-year-old Kevin Snarr, Graves said. As the victim tried to stop them by reaching for the keys in the car driven by the suspect, Debernardi got out of the car and allegedly stole the truck the victim had just arrived in, which was left running.

The victim’s wife had witnessed the encounter from inside her home and called police, who arrived after Debernardi left but before Snarr could get away, Graves said.

Snarr was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, conspiracy, possession of narcotics, possession of burglary tools, making criminal threats and battery.

The case was forwarded by patrol officers to property crime detectives. They matched a surveillance photo of a car burglar taken Sunday to the clothing description of the suspect who took the victim’s truck.

Detectives identified Debernardi as the suspect in both and arrested him at his home in north Modesto on Tuesday. The victim’s truck was found nearby.

Debernardi was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, attempted burglary, making criminal threats, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.

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