CERES, CA - Police officers in Ceres have warned drivers to use extreme caution at night, after about 10 motorists hit concrete blocks deliberately place in the road over the past four months.
The latest occurrence was Friday night when a motorist hit a piece of concrete in the middle lane of Mitchell Road around 10 p.m.
According to Sgt. Jose Berber, the vandals in each case used large pieces of concrete, similar to concrete piers, that appeared to have been dug up from construction sites. Berber said all the incidents have occurred between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
In one accident, police discovered the piece of concrete used had been painted black to conceal it in the night, and another was placed in a black trash bag, said Berber.
Incidents have occurred throughout Ceres on Hatch Road between Central and Moffet, Hatch Road between Mitchell and Faith Home and on Mitchell Road between Hatch and River Road. No major physical injuries were reported in any of these incidents.
Inquiries into nearby counties revealed similar acts being committed throughout Stanislaus County and Modesto.
Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police or sheriffs department. Anonymous tips can also be left through Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers.
For anonymous tips:
Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers
Phone number: 1 (866) 60-CRIME