SIBLINGS ACCUSED OF STEALING: Modesto police arrested a Fresno man and his two sisters from Oakland on suspicion of stealing about $10,000 worth of merchandise Thursday evening from Vintage Faire Mall. Officers arrested Robert Jackson, 27, Nicole Jackson, 30, and Lashanda Sarratt, 32, during a traffic stop near the mall about 9:15 p.m., said Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a police spokesman. They were booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on eight counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime. Nicole Jackson also was booked on a $100,000 felony theft warrant from San Mateo police and a $50,000 burglary warrant from the Marin County Sheriff's Department. Gundlach said Sears loss prevention agents spotted Robert Jackson going in and out of the mall through the Sears entrance. He was seen several times taking merchandise from his sisters in the mall and carrying it out to his vehicle in the parking lot, Gundlach said. Sears agents worked with mall security to monitor the trio while inside the mall. A third woman was involved in the alleged theft, but officers were unable to find her. The officers stopped their vehicle after they left the mall parking lot and recovered merchandise, mostly clothing, that officers said was stolen from several mall stores and other Modesto-area stores.
SEX CRIME SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: An hourlong chase Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of a man suspected of accosting a girl in the restroom at the Westley rest area in western Stanislaus County, the California Highway Patrol reported. At 12:24 p.m., a woman called 911 to report that a man had followed her and her young daughter into the restroom, said officer Tom Killian, a CHP spokesman. The call was followed a few minutes later, he said, by a report from a man who said his daughter was accosted in the same restroom by a person matching the description from the earlier confrontation. People at the rest stop chased the man. A wave of 911 calls followed from people who kept the suspect in sight, Killian said. CHP officers and Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene, along with a sheriff's K-9 unit that eventually caught up to the suspect about 1:30 p.m. on the west bank of the California Aqueduct, Killian said. Lester Jones, 30, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to commit a sex crime, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff's spokesman. Officers were looking for a second man who witnesses saw in a car at the rest stop with Jones, Killian said. CHP officers turned Jones over to sheriff's officials, who are investigating the case. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone who has information about this incident to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636.
FLASHER SEEN IN SALIDA: Two high school students waiting at a Salida bus stop Thursday reported that a man drove up to them, tried to lure them into his car and then exposed himself, according to Stanislaus County deputies. The students reported the man about 12:20 p.m. Thursday after reaching Davis High School in Modesto, deputy Royjindar Singh said. He said the students were waiting for a school bus at Gateway and Trailway drives Thursday when a white man in his 30s drove up in a dark green car, possibly a Dodge Neon. The man tried to verbally lure the students into his car. When they refused, Singh said, the man got out of the car and exposed himself before getting back into the car and driving away. "It sounds like these victims did the right thing. They refused to get into the car, and they had power and strength in numbers," he said. Officials ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636.