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Vandalism leads to drug charges
TPD crime scene

The Turlock Police Department arrested two men on vandalism and drug possession charges after an officer saw one of the suspects spray painting a downtown building.

Around 10 p.m. Saturday a Turlock Police officer saw three men walking in the 300 block of Center Street. As they were walking one of the suspects pulled out a spray can and defaced a building wall, according to the police report.

The officer attempted to make contact with the three men, but they took off running. The suspects ran towards Towne Center and then over a fence to S. First Street, where another Turlock Police officer was waiting for them.

Police detained two of the men, later identified as Charles Eldridge and Robert Zavala, both 20 years of age.

Both men were found to be on probation for previous vandalism convictions. Eldridge was found in possession of marijuana and scales, according to the police report. Zavala was found in possession of marijuana, the TPD reported.

Eldridge was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, marijuana possession with intent to sale and/or transport and resisting arrest.

Zavala was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and resisting arrest.

The third individual was not taken into custody.