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Police arrest women for strong-arm robbery

Two women were arrested on armed robbery charges after they allegedly robbed a 37-year-old man in the 300 block of West 12th Street, according to Sgt. Alan Ward of the Merced Police Department.

Sandra Delgado, 36, and Josie Carrillo, 26, were booked into Merced County Jail on Sunday on charges of strong-arm robbery and conspiracy. Delgado remained jailed Tuesday night in lieu of $75,000 bail and Carrillo's bail was $70,000, according to an official.

In a separate incident, a 49-year-old man was arrested on charges of commercial burglary and petty theft outside a Merced motel early Tuesday morning. Ward said Officer Kalvin Haygood responded to West 12th Street for a reported strong-arm robbery. The victim, Rogino Mateo 37, said that two women, Delgado and Carrillo, approached him with another man and asked him if he had any money.

Mateo said when he answered he was struck from behind and knocked to the ground. The robbers beat Mateo as they rifled through his pockets, removing all his property. They stole all of Mateo's money and ran off, leaving Mateo bleeding in the street, Ward said.

Delgado was arrested Sunday at the residence of Mateo's friend and Carrillo was arrested Monday and identified a third person, a 30-year-old man, still being sought, through a photo lineup. Delgado, Castillo and the man were identified by residents as frequenting the area where the crime occurred.

In the second incident, George Howard Day, 49, was arrested at 2:51 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Motel Drive. He allegedly broke into a construction truck in a motel parking lot and then damaged a newspaper vending machine.

Officer Joseph Perez checked the surrounding area and located a motel key in the Carrow's Restaurant parking lot where it appeared a coin-operated newspaper stand had been taken. Perez located the newspaper stand around the back of the business completely destroyed, along with quarters and a sledgehammer that was later determined to have been stolen from the back of the construction truck.

Perez went to surrounding motels to see if the motel key left at the scene belonged to them. An employee of Sierra Lodge identified the key and confirmed the room was rented to Day.

Day was arrested and booked into Merced County Jail on charges of burglary of the newspaper stand, vandalism, possession of stolen property and petty theft. He remained jailed Tuesday night in lieu of $26,200 bail, according to a correctional official.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at 209-385-2485 or dyawger@mercedsun-star.com.

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