Traffic Stop, ‘Burglary in Progress’ Call Yields Three Arrests in Modesto

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MODESTO --

Three people were arrested and stolen property was recovered after a car stop on Tuesday and a "burglary in progress" call Wednesday, police said.

Allen Prichard (Courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

Allen Prichard (Courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

The Modesto Police Department's Street Gang Unit stopped a stolen car near 10th and D streets in downtown Modesto on Tuesday afternoon. The car the suspects were driving was reported stolen during a residential burglary on Sunday, Modesto police said. Items stolen from the victim's residence were also found in the driver's possession.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for a motel room in Turlock that was registered to the driver, who was identified as 38-year-old Allen Prichard of Sacramento, and his passenger, who was identified as 40-year-old Nicole Patterson of Denair.

Stolen property from several different victims was found in the room, police said.

Nicole Patterson (Courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

Nicole Patterson (Courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

Police say the two appear to have been targeting elderly victims and the homes of people who have recently died.

Prichard and Patterson were arrested on charges of burglary, auto theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance. Prichard faces an additional charge of identity theft.

On Wednesday morning, officers responded to an unrelated burglary in progress on Kensington Park Drive. When they arrived, police saw one suspect standing on the sidewalk and two suspects coming from the backyard of the residence, police said.

Marcus Pitts (Courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

Marcus Pitts (Courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

When the suspects saw the officers, they dropped a bag of property and fled on foot. A police perimeter was set up and a stolen handgun was located nearby.

Modesto resident Marcus Pitts, 29, was taken into custody about a block away. The two other suspects were not located, police said.

Pitts was arrested for burglary, conspiracy, and obstruction.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.