By CBS13 Staff

MODESTO (CBS13) — Four people are under arrest after a Modesto-area gas station was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office says a Texaco gas station along Paradise Road was robbed by four masked and armed suspects around 1:40 a.m. Deputies say the suspects left in a dark-colored, lifted pickup truck.

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A little while later, a deputy noticed a similar pickup near Chicago and Sutter avenues. Backup was called and a high-risk traffic stop was done.

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Deputies were able to detain all four people who were inside the truck: Ernest Dubose, 21, Isiah Beard, 19, Sebastian Gutierrez, 19, and Antony Sandoval, 22. 

All four have since been linked to the robbery and were arrested. Further, a gun used during the robbery was found to have been thrown out into a nearby drainage ditch. Authorities were able to vacuum out the water and retrieve the weapon – a “ghost” gun with an illegal extended magazine, the sheriff’s office says.

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Detectives are also looking into whether some other recent robberies in and around the Modesto area are possibly linked to the suspects.