LIVINGSTON -- Two men were arrested in connection with two residential burglaries during the weekend after some items taken in the thefts were found in their possession, police reported Sunday.
Police responded to the 800 block of Eighth Street at 3:38 p.m. Saturday after a caller reported seeing two men enter an apartment in the complex there. The caller said the two men had been inside the residence for about 10 minutes, according to Chief Ruben Chavez.
Officers apprehended Anthony Zazueta and Luis Sanchez, both 19, at 4:07 p.m. in the area of Seventh and D streets. Police said Sanchez was carrying a piggy bank wrapped in a towel. Chavez said the suspect tried to get rid of the towel and piggy bank after he saw officers but they recovered the items.
Chavez said the other suspect was carrying a black bag containing jewelry, a camcorder and money. Chavez said police also are investigating the suspects' connection to another burglary in the 800 block of Seventh Street.
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The items were identified by the victims and returned to them, Chavez said. The suspects were booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and vandalism.
Police in recent weeks have been going door-to-door in Livingston, asking residents to report any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area. "I think we're making a big impact," Chavez said.
Livingston police ask anyone with information about crimes or suspicious activity to call (209) 394-7916 or the department's tip line at (209) 394-3640. Tips are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous. Tips also can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or email@example.com.