Resident notifies police about burglary

A 31-year-old man was arrested on burglary charges Wednesday, after a resident notified police while the alleged crime was in progress, Merced police reported.

Suspect Mariano Meraz Avalos allegedly broke into a home on the 200 block of East 11th Street around 9 p.m., according to Lt. Matt Williams.

The incident was reported after the resident flagged down Officer Nate McKinnon on East 11th Street. The resident told the officer someone had broken the kitchen window and entered the house, Williams said.

McKinnon and Reserve Officer Lee Smith went to the scene and spotted Mariano Avalos inside the house, taking a refrigerator, Williams said. Williams added that Avalos had a cut on his hand from the broken kitchen window.

Avalos told the officers that he was making repairs and painting at the house. But officers contacted the person Avalos claimed was his boss. That man said the suspect was no longer employed at his business.

Avalos was arrested and booked on suspicion of burglary. He remains at the John Latorraca Correctional Center in lieu of $70,000 bail.

-- Victor A. Patton