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Sideshow interrupted by Turlock Police

The Turlock Police Department's campaign to stop sideshows in town saw another enforcement effort on Wednesday that resulted in multiple citations and one arrest.

During a three-hour period on Wednesday 16 officers from the Turlock Police Department and the California Highway Patrol were deployed to the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center, said Interim Turlock Police Chief Steven Williams.

An estimated 200 vehicles were at the shopping center, primarily in front of Tilly's. No sideshow activity occurred because of the police presence, but officers did issue 65 citations for various offenses and infractions, referred five vehicles to the state agency for emissions violations, towed two vehicles and made one arrest. The arrest was for driving on a suspended license and not having a license plate.

The parking lot around Tilly's was cleared by officers at 9:15 p.m. after someone in the crowd let off an illegal aerial firework.

"Sideshows in Turlock need to stop," Williams said in a Facebook post. "These are dangerous, illegal, and disruptive to the businesses, customers and neighbors in the area."