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Detective Work Leads To Multiple Arrests
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Suspects arrested in a stolen vehicle in Modesto on Saturday night, Oct. 27 were linked to a Riverbank Kohl's store burglary from earlier that day. A four-day investigation by Riverbank Police detectives netted a total of six suspects and recovered stolen property through the serving of a series of search warrants.

Early in the morning hours of Oct. 27, two individuals pried open the back door of Kohl's at the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank. Part of the loss reported was over 50 watches and various pieces of jewelry.

Later that day, Modesto Police conducted an unrelated car stop of an occupied stolen vehicle. When searching the car, police discovered a large bag containing watches and clothing they believed associated with the Kohl's burglary.

Modesto Police notified Riverbank Police and Detectives Josh Humble and Josh Sandoval responded to the scene. The detectives were able to identify the watches as part of the items stolen and tie in one of the occupants, Bobby Murrah, 22, of Modesto, as one of the suspects that pried open the back door of the Kohl's store.

Murrah was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and felony possession of stolen property.

Another car occupant, Randy Lee, 38, of Turlock, was wearing one of the stolen watches and was also arrested by Riverbank detectives on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property.

As part of their continuing investigation, the Riverbank detectives served search warrants at the 2800 block of Patterson Road in Riverbank and the 5200 block of Tunson Road in Modesto.

At the Patterson Road address, police found additional stolen watches and a pair of shotguns that were later identified as stolen from a burglary of The Sports Authority on McHenry Avenue in Modesto. The shotguns were modified with the barrels and stocks cut to an illegal length.

Police arrested Thomas Denino Jr., 34, of Modesto, at the residence on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

The search of the Tunson Road property produced additional stolen watches as well as more than an ounce of methamphetamine and a half-pound of processed marijuana ready for sale.

Detectives located clothing worn in the Kohl's burglary and identified state parolee Tommy Taylor, 34, at the Tunson Road site as the second suspect of their initial investigation. Taylor was charged with second-degree burglary, possession of methamphetamine for sale, and violation of his parole.

During the search, detectives checked the bedroom of Matthew Turner, 29, who was not present at the time of the warrant service. Detectives Humble and Sandoval located more stolen property from Kohl's and firearms ammunition. According to police, Turner is a convicted felon and not permitted to have ammunition.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Detectives located Turner and arrested him. Turner was booked into Stanislaus County Jail for possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Josh Humble at (209) 863-7146 or can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.