Livingston police arrest burglary suspects

LIVINGSTON -- Officers made several arrests over the past week in connection with a series of recent home burglaries.

Officers were on their way to serve a search warrant Friday at 1156 Fourth St. when they spotted one of the suspects, 18-year-old Rodolfo "Rudy" Perez at Memorial Park, said Sgt. Ray Fong of the Livingston Police Department.

Perez ran, but officers chased him and eventually made the arrest, finding a .22-caliber handgun in his waistband, Fong said.

Officers served the search warrant on Perez's house, finding marijuana and several stolen items, including televisions, computers and other electronics, Fong said. The items were allegedly taken during four separate home burglaries.

The items were valued at about $2,000, said Detective Robert Silva, who took part in the burglary investigation.

Perez was booked into the Merced County jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a concealed firearm and resisting officers, Fong said.

Others were arrested in connection with the string of burglaries when an officer made a suspicious vehicle stop Nov. 30, Silva said.

Those arrested included 18-year-old Gustavo Rojas on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, burglary and possession of stolen items, according to police.

Cesar Rodarte-Garcia, 18, was arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, burglary, possession of stolen property, vandalism, possession of marijuana, according to police.

Hariwinder Sandu, 19, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, criminal conspiracy, possession of stolen property and vandalism, according to police.

Fong said that since home burglaries usually increase during the holiday season, it's important for residents to lock doors and windows and take extra precautions to deter potential thieves.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or mnorth@mercedsun-star.com.