INSOMNIA NOT HIS PROBLEM: Modesto police arrested a 40-year-old Modesto man after an employee at a sleep disorder center found him burglarizing the business, officials said Monday. Several people then chased the man, identified as Robert Ernest Groves, tackled him and held him until police arrived to make the arrest, said Lt. Jolene Gonzales of the Modesto Police Department. Just before 3 p.m. Monday, an employee of the sleep disorder business at1208 Floyd Ave. came in to find Groves, who took off running, Gonzales said. Groves appeared to have gotten into the building through the roof, and police believe he might be connected to other commercial burglaries because of property they found in his vehicle, Gonzales said. Groves was booked at Stanislaus County Jail, with bail set at $20,000, on suspicion of commercial burglary, possessing stolen property and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
BODY IN HOME IDENTIFIED: Stanislaus County coroner's officials identified the body of a man found in his rural Modesto home Thursday as Bill Foletta, 21, authorities said Monday. Foletta had been missing for at least three weeks, deputy Royjindar Singh said. Officials used forensic dentistry to identify Foletta. His body was found at his home in the 1500 block of West Keyes Road, near a large orchard between Crows Landing and South Carpenter roads. The man deputies arrested in connection with Foletta's death, Teshaun Obadiah Sally, 20, remains in custody without bail. Sally, whom deputies believe was Foletta's friend, also is being held for related auto theft and grand theft violations, Singh said. Sally has a Jan. 11 court date.
SONORA POLICE SEEK SUSPECT: The Sonora Police Department is looking for Patrick Bergen, right, in connection with spousal or cohabitant abuse causing injury, authorities said. There is a felony warrant for his arrest. Bergen is 50 years old, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. The Sonora Police Department asks anyone with information about Bergen to call 532-8141. Callers can remain anonymous. Go to www.sonorapd.com for more information.
GAS STATION HOLDUP: A man used a handgun to rob the Beacon gas station in Turlock at 1202 Geer Road on Sunday, police reported. The man, described as white, in his early 20s and weighing 150 to 180 pounds, went into the business about 5 p.m. and demanded money, brandishing a blue steel semiautomatic handgun, said Turlock police Cpl. Steve Crawford. After getting the money, the man, who has not been identified, got into an older, white Honda, possibly an Accord, and fled, Crawford said. The Honda appeared to have been driven by a second person, a witness told police. The robber wore all black clothing and a black ski mask. Turlock police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call officer Dominic Hernandez at 668-1200.
AUTO PARTS STORE ROBBED: A man in dark clothing and a mask robbed the Napa Auto Parts store in Keyes on Sunday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported. About 1:10 p.m., the man demanded money from clerks, then tied them up before leaving, said deputy Royjindar Singh, Sheriff's Department spokesman. The robber fired one shot into the air as he left, Singh said. Because the clerks were tied up, they could provide no further information about the gunman or how he left the store. The sheriff's office asks anyone with information about the incident to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can leave an anonymous tip and may be eligible for a reward.