Arrests made in stolen property cases

Merced County Sheriff’s deputies arrested several people last week on stolen property and other charges at a Hilmar residence in the 1900 block of August Avenue.

Deputies Alex Barba and Givargis Ysael went to the home just before 9:30 a.m. Friday, searching for Michael Lewis Adams, 32, who was wanted on a stolen property arrest warrant. Although Adams was not at the home, upon their arrival deputies spotted Brandon Ryan Loyd, 28, and Kristy Sheree Rickerson, 31, hiding in the backyard. Inside the home, deputies found a laptop stolen from a Modesto school, along with stolen social security numbers, personal identifications, passports and other paperwork, according to Deputy Delray Shelton, sheriff’s spokesman.

Deputy Ysael’s K9 dog “Taz” also found a methamphetamine pipe during the incident on a third person at the home, Richard Nelson Adams, 52. Loyd tried to flee from deputies during the incident, but he surrendered after Deputy Ysael said he’d release the dog.

The following day, deputies returned to the house, found Michael Lewis Adams and arrested him on the outstanding stolen property arrest warrant. He was found in possession of stolen property, including guns and ammunition.

Deputies believe the stolen items are connected to burglaries in Stanislaus County, and a stolen check case in Ceres.

The suspects were taken into custody on suspicion of various charges, including possession of stolen property and violation of probation.