Law & Order

WOMAN ROBS MODESTO BANK: Detectives were looking for a woman who waited in line before she robbed a north Modesto bank Tuesday afternoon, police said. The robber did not brandish a weapon, and no one was hurt. Police described the robber, seen above in a bank surveillance photo, as a white woman with blond hair and a slim build. She appeared to be about 5 feet 3 inches tall, and wore a baseball cap and a blue, oversized sweat shirt with jeans, according to police. The robbery occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. at County Bank, 3508 McHenry Ave., just north of Sylvan Avenue. The robber walked into the bank and waited in line before demanding money from the teller, police said. The robber left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in an unknown direction, police said. Modesto police ask anyone who has information about this bank robbery to call Detective Mike Hicks at 342-6132 or CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

CAUSE OF SMELL UNDETERMINED: Modesto fire and hazardous materials officials were unable to determine the source of a bleach-type odor that left more than a dozen Modestans breathless and coughing Monday night, authorities said Tuesday. Twelve residents of Emerald Pointe Apartments, at 301 Standiford Ave., were taken to the hospital, but all of them were released. Everyone who reported the reaction described burning eyes, choking and coughing, said fire Capt. Jerardo Avila, who was in the first engine to arrive at the apartment complex. He estimated that several hundred people live there.

HOME INVASION ROBBERY: Stanislaus County sheriff's investigators were looking for two armed men who tied up two victims and stole cash during a home invasion robbery Tuesday morning in Modesto's airport neighborhood. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff's spokesman. Sheriff's officials said one of the robbers was wearing black clothing, but the victims were not able to give a further description. Singh said the victims did not know the robbers, but the victims told investigators they had seen the robbers hanging out frequently at nearby Oregon Park. The robbery occurred about 10:45 a.m. at a home in the 400 block of Empire Avenue, just south of Tenaya Drive. Two men were inside the home, although only one lived there. Singh said the robbers, who were armed with handguns, forced their way into the house through the front door and tied up the victims. The ordeal lasted about 10 minutes before the robbers fled with the cash. Singh said one of the victims freed himself and ran to a nearby liquor store for help. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about this robbery to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers can leave an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward.

MODESTAN ARRESTED IN BURGLARY: A Tuolumne County sheriff's deputy arrested a Modesto man Monday after he ran a stop sign because he matched the description of a burglar spotted earlier at Comcast Cable and had burglary tools in his car, according to authorities. About 9:30 p.m., deputy Dan Graziose saw a silver Buick leaving a parking lot on Main Street in Jamestown. When the driver ran a stop sign, Graziose stopped him, Lt. Dan Bressler said. The driver, Craig M. Stolze, 31, appeared intoxicated, Bressler said. Graziose noticed that Stolze matched the description of a man seen hiding inside Comcast Cable in Sonora earlier that night. The Comcast intruder had run after being spotted by an employee; it was not known whether the intruder took anything. Inside Stolze's Buick, Graziose found a large crowbar and other items used during burglaries, Bressler said. Stolze was booked into Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and a second burglary violation.