Officers from Modesto, Ceres and the Stanislaus County Sheriff´s office have two men jailed in connection with a string of robberies in the area. 26-year-old Tarnell Pollard of San Jose and 28-year-old Francisco Ramirez of Empire are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and several related offenses.
The two were under surveillance after a vehicle matching theirs was seen during an attempt to rob a fast food restaurant Tuesday. Pollard fled after officers stopped the car for traffic violations. He was jailed after a brief chase. Investigators say the two were casing businesses at the time.