MODESTO MUSIC STORE ROBBED: A man robbed a Modesto music store on Monday afternoon after handing a clerk a note saying he had a gun, authorities said. The robbery happened about 3:45 p.m. at f.y.e., 2720 McHenry Ave., according to Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach. The store sells music, movies and games. The thief has been described as Latino, about 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a black shirt with gold writing. He left eastbound on Kavanagh Avenue, Gundlach said. Modesto police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT: A Modesto woman has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $40,000 to $70,000 from Gowans Printing, police said Tuesday. Jessica Hoover, 25, was arrested and charged with four felonies July 14, after the company audited its books and found discrepancies, according to Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach. Police suspect that Hoover stole from the company during a two-year period by writing checks to herself on a company account and using a company ATM card to pay personal bills. Hoover was arrested and charged with embezzlement, forgery, theft using an ATM card and identity theft. Detectives from the department's economic crimes unit forwarded their preliminary findings to the district attorney's office and are continuing their investigation, Gundlach said. Officials from the company, which is on H Street in downtown Modesto, declined to comment.