Afternoon Newsletter

February 26, 2013

Teenagers arrested on suspicion of burglary

Two teenagers were arrested Monday morning on suspicion of burglary after they were reportedly influenced by a rap song.

Jason Ramon Ochoa, 19, and Alejandra Villanueva, 18, were arrested by detectives Paul Johnson and Brian Rodriguez of the Merced Police Department for the alleged burglary of thousands of dollars of property.

The crime happened Friday when the victim left his house around 7:45 a.m. in the 3500 block of Santa Maria Avenue, said Sgt. Scott Skinner of the Merced Police Department.

The suspects forced open the back window of the house, opened the garage door, parked their vehicle inside the garage and loaded it with the victim's property, Skinner said. The victim didn't get back home until about 9:45 a.m.

The stolen property included computer equipment, musical equipment and a TV valued at about $5,500, Skinner said.

After following a lead, the detectives approached Ochoa and Villanueva, who admitted to the burglary, Skinner said. They helped the detectives get most of the property back.

While he was questioned, Ochoa admitted that he was influenced by a rap song that had lyrics about burglarizing houses between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. when nobody's home, Skinner said.

Neither Ochoa nor Villanueva have been contacted by the police department in the past and this is the first time they've been arrested, Skinner said, adding that neither one of them are gang members.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Johnson at (209) 385-7742 or the Merced Police Department tip-line at (209) 385-4725. Callers can remain anonymous.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or

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