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Merced men arrested after police find stolen property from auto burglaries

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PHILIP ROOT- FOR BURGLARY
SUBMITTED PHOTO PHILIP ROOT- FOR BURGLARY Merced Sun-Star

Two suspected auto burglars were arrested Thursday morning when a Merced police officer found stolen property from more than one auto burglary in their car, according to Lt. Matt Williams.

Officer Leon Pintabona took Phillip Root, 36, and Aaron Jiminez, 30, both of Merced, into custody after a witness notified police that a car in front of Millennium Sports Club had been broken into.

Witnesses said they had seen a blue Chrysler Sebring with chrome wheels and a paper license plate from Ralph’s Auto Sales.Pintabona had seen the Sebring before and began searching for it.

He found the car near North Highway 59 and Buena Vista Drive. Pintabona detained the occupants of the car, Root and Jiminez, for further questioning, according to police.

Pintabona said Root and Jiminez had not only the stolen property from the auto burglary at the sports club, but also items from another auto burglary in north Merced.

Root and Jiminez were booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of auto burglary and possession of stolen property.

— Samuel Cosby

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