Police arrested a 34-year-old woman Monday afternoon in connection with three north Modesto burglaries earlier in the day, one of which took place while a couple were sleeping, authorities reported.
Officers found and arrested Sandra Gomez of Modesto as she was fleeing an interrupted residential burglary, Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. Police also are looking for a male and female in connection with the burglaries.
The first break-in took place while a husband and wife slept, Gundlach said. Officers were sent to a home in the 1700 block of Davenport Court at 7 a.m. to talk to a couple who were burglarized in the night by thieves who came in through a window. The thieves took electronics, purses and wallets. The victims did not see or hear the burglars.
At 7:30 a.m., officers received a call about an attempted burglary in the 2500 block of Bardolino Lane, about two miles from Davenport. The female caller said a male and female had just tried to break into her house through a back door. The caller's boyfriend chased the suspects, who fled in a white Ford Mustang. Officers were unable to find the Mustang, Gundlach said.
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But they did find an identification card that had been dropped by one of the thieves, he said. The card belonged to a victim from the first burglary.
The third burglary took place about three hours later in the 600 block of Little John Lane. The homeowner arrived home to find a white Ford Mustang in his carport. He blocked the Mustang in with his own vehicle, Gundlach said.
As he neared his home, he saw a female inside, Gundlach said. She ran away and, as the man called 911, he saw another woman in his side yard. The woman, later identified as Gomez, said she was waiting for a ride and walked away.
Officers in the area stopped and searched Gomez. According to police, she was carrying the Mustang keys and several items from the first burglary.
Authorities are trying to identify the female who fled the Little John home and the male from the attempted burglary on Bardolino. Gomez is being held at the Public Safety Center with $100,000 bail on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property and probation violation.
Police ask anyone with information about these incidents to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2235.