As part of an operation in the works for the past several weeks, officers and SWAT team members with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) and Patterson Police Services served warrants for burglary suspects at two locations, one located on the 500 block of South Fourth Street, the other on the 600 block of C Street.

The operation began at 7:29 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.

“We currently are investigating a couple burglaries,” Patterson Police Services Police Chief Tori Hughes said. “We served a search warrant at this location and a location over on C Street today in an attempt to locate the burglary suspects and potential stolen property.”

Deputies were situated at the intersections surrounding the South Fourth Street location, and eventually moved their SWAT vehicle into the alleyway behind the 500 block where a megaphone was used to attempt contact with those holed up in the home.

“Come out with your hands up. We know you’re in there and we’re not leaving,” could be heard on the loud speaker for over an hour while SWAT team members and sheriff's deputies positioned themselves to infiltrate the property.

Poles with mirrors attached to them were utilized by the SWAT team to see around corners and over fences safely, while a remote-controlled camera unit was on standby if needed.

Three people were in the home on C Street, and no arrests were made. At the South Fourth Street location, 20 people were detained on-scene.

“I don’t have exactly how many are being arrested and taken into custody at this time, ’cause there are some that will be arrested and some that are currently being detained,” Hughes told the Irrigator Wednesday morning, while officers were still at the site.

A press release issued at 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon stated that four suspects were arrested as a result of the investigation: 42-year-old Alma Avila, 30-year-old Joey Granatos, 29-year-old Jose Segoviano and a 17-year-old male juvenile. The suspects were arrested for warrants, felons in possession of firearms, possession of ammunition and possession of stolen property.

Detectives recovered firearms, numerous electronics and other property believed to be tied to numerous burglaries. They returned some of the stolen property to the property owners and believe they know who the rest of the stolen property belongs to and will work on having the property returned.

A Patterson Fire Department fire engine arrived at the South Fourth Street location after SCSD extracted and detained the people in the building. Fire personnel ventilated the structure, which needed to be aired out after the use of SWAT devices.

Turlock Irrigation District employees arrived at the South Fourth Street location, and a city of Patterson Code Enforcement vehicle was on scene as well.

Anyone with information about this investigation can contact Detective Anderson at the Patterson substation by calling 892-5071, Option 4.

If you have any tips, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also email tips at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message, and be eligible for a cash reward.

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892-6187 ext. 24 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com.

PI copy editor and education, arts reporter.

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