ROBBERS HIT JEWELRY STORE: Authorities are looking for two men who robbed a Denair jewelry store Monday afternoon, making off with more than $50,000 worth of goods. Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies got the call about 1:30 p.m. that someone had robbed Universal Jewelers at 4637 Main St. Two men entered the store, and one motioned to the clerk that he had a gun, said sheriff's spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh. The other man threw jewelry from the cases into a bag before they fled in a red car, possibly a Toyota. They took about 50 gold chains, 300 pendants and about 50 gold rings, in addition to other property. Investigators are processing surveillance footage, but the men were described as Latino and in their 20s or 30s. One was cleanshaven, and the other had a dark mustache, Singh said. One of the men had visited the store earlier in the day to ask about buying a pre-paid cell phone card. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
BURGLARY SUSPECTS CAUGHT: Authorities arrested three men who appear to have tried to break into a west Modesto home Monday morning. A teenager inside called 911 when she noticed the men trying to enter her home on Shoemake Avenue near North Hart Road, said deputy Royjindar Singh of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. As deputies neared, they spotted a speeding car matching the description of the one driven by the burglars. The car ran a stop sign and deputies gave chase, Singh said. Deputies lost track of the car but found it, empty and with its doors open, on the lawn of the United Church of Christ at College and Orangeburg avenues in Modesto. The Sheriff's Department and Modesto police officers surrounded the area and found three men whom witnesses identified as the burglars. Two of the men were hiding in a garage, Singh said. Authorities identified the men as Eric G. Vanlier Jr., 36, who told officials he was homeless; Jeffrey A. May, 27, of Waterford; and John Fitzgerald, 37. All three were arrested on suspicion of burglary. Two nearby schools, Roosevelt Junior High and Fremont Elementary, were on lockdown for about 15 minutes during the pursuit, police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach said.