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Thief takes more tools, leaves damage

The toolbox thief exacted his toll again Tuesday.

Employees of the Courtesy Chevrolet service department, 1405 W. Main St., discovered $6,400 worth of tools were taken and $18,000 damage done to toolboxes in burglaries that took place between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Lt. Floyd Higdon of the Merced Police Department said it is unknown if the Courtesy Chevrolet burglaries are related to eight incidents investigated over the weekend at the Razzari Ford service department on Auto Center Drive.

Burglars stole $44,000 worth of mechanics' tools in weekend break-ins.

Higdon said entry to Courtesy Chevrolet was made through through a service department window.

Some mechanics had their individual toolbox entered and tools removed and others had attempts made to enter their toolbox.

Higdon said anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the department at the Tipster Line at 209-385-4725, or Detective John Fister, 209-385-4755, Detective Dave Alcaraz, 209-385-4708, or Detective Brian Rodriguez, 209-385-4710.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at 209-385-2485 or