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Turlock man, 21, sentenced for grand theft

MODESTO - Turlock resident Thomas Eddie Brummitt, 21, was convicted on Jan. 10 of auto theft and grand theft and later sentenced to three years in state prison, announced Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager.

On April 18, 2010 around 6 a.m., the owner of a 1996 tan Toyota Avalon parked the car in front of Walgreen's on Geer Road in Turlock, left it running outside, and entered the store to make a quick purchase. When he came back outside, he saw Brummitt driving off in his car and called police to report it stolen.

Later that morning, around 9:30 a.m., Brummitt was walking through Donnelly Park on Pedras Road in Turlock when he saw a 16-year-old boy sitting on a bench texting on his Apple iPhone. Brummitt walked over and took the phone from the boy then ran to a nearby apartment complex. After the boy reported his phone stolen, an officer found Brummitt in of the apartment units with the stolen iPhone.

Day 3 of Amber Alert brings no new leads

PATTERSON - The third day in the abduction and subsequent disappearance of four-year old, Juliani Cardenas, has not yielded any credible leads or clues to his whereabouts, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office.

"It's frustrating. There hasn't been any sign of the victim or suspect in three days," said Raj Singh, of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office.

Juliani Cardenas was abducted Tuesday afternoon allegedly by his mother's ex-boyfriend, Jose Esteban Rodriguez. Juliani's grandmother told deputies she saw Rodriguez pull up to the house. She says she quickly pulled Juliani inside the home,but Rodriguez forced his way in and grabbed Juliani from his grandmother's hands.

"I thought if I held on to him and fell, that I would hurt him. So I let go. Now he could be anywhere," said Amparo Cardenas, Juliani's grandmother said.

Abducted boy's family prays for good news

PATTERSON, CA - Tabitha Cardenas has been trying to stay strong since her 4-year-old son was abducted on Tuesday.

"I'm doing worse today," Tabitha said. "This morning I got up and I broke down."

Juliani Cardenas was taken forcibly from his grandmother by Tabitha's ex-boyfriend Jose Esteban Rodriguez on the 300 block of Barros Street in Patterson at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, according to Chief Tori Hughes with the Stanislaus County Sheriff Department.

Going through a few old toys in the garage, Grandmother Amparo Cardenas said she did everything she could to stop Rodriguez from ripping Juliani from her arms.

"I was holding my baby, pulling him up," Amparo said.

Amparo said when Rodriguez got Juliani, he laughed at Amparo and flipped her off. Rodriguez then took off in his, which he left running.

Rodriguez isn't Juliani's biological father, but the family said Juliani calls Rodriguez dad.

Oakdale man faces 10 years in prison for firearm charge

FRESNO - Oakdale resident Adolio Garcia, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a firearm after having committed a domestic violence crime.

U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said according to court documents Garcia was caught with two semi-automatic handguns, a rifle and a double-barrel shotgun in his possession. Under federal law, Garcia is not permitted to possess firearms because of a 2006 conviction for domestic violence in Stanislaus County.

Garcia faces a maximum prison term of 10 years and a fine of $250,000, said Horwood. Garcia's sentencing will be determined after the court considers any applicable statutory factors that may affect the charges.