Police: Thieves arrested after tailing, then stealing, from UPS

Officers arrested two men suspected of tailing a UPS truck Tuesday afternoon and stealing packages that were delivered in front of homes, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen said Jeffery Dean Fulks, 29, and Joshua David Peters, 24, both of Modesto, were arrested on suspicion of petty theft with prior theft convictions, conspiracy to commit a crime and violating probation. He said the charges are felonies.

On Thursday afternoon, Fulks and Peters were being held at the Stanislaus County Jail. Fulks' bail was set at $10,000 and Peters' was set at $20,000.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, a woman called police to report she saw a man stealing a package from the front porch of her home in the 4100 block of Wheeler Peak Way in northwest Modesto.

Findlen said the woman told police the man left in a white station wagon and gave officers the vehicle's license plate number. Officers found the station wagon parked at an apartment complex in the 600 block of West Granger Avenue.

Findlen said officers used registration information to find the vehicle's owner, Fulks, in his apartment at the complex. Inside the apartment, officers found evidence that linked Fulks and Peters to several UPS packages that had been stolen after they were delivered, police said.

Findlen said it appears Fulks and Peters followed a UPS truck and stole the packages after they were dropped off, including a red-colored sports drink. Officers found Peters at his home in the 2700 block of Garvey Avenue.

Findlen said Peters' tongue was red when the officers arrested him. He apparently had drunk some of the sports drink.

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