Sheriff’s officers arrested a man and a teenage girl Thursday for burglary in Ballico.
At 9 a.m. the Merced Sheriff's Office said it received a 911 call form the 11000 block of Parchy Avenue in Ballico about a burglary in progress. A neighbor saw what was described as a Latino male wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt with a mustache. He was kicking in the front door to a house, and the witness said the suspect left in a small white car, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
Deputy Mark Taylor was responding to the scene when he noticed a small white car run the stop sign at Newport Road and Santa Fe Road, with the driver matching the description. Taylor stopped the vehicle stop and as he approached it, he saw a flat-screen television in the back seat, according to MacKenzie.
In the passenger seat sat a 17-year-old female.
After interviewing both, they admitted to breaking into the house because they needed the money, according to MacKenzie. Taken was a flat screen TV and a bag of personal paperwork (bank statements, bills) for possible identity theft, according to the sheriff’s office news release.
The man and juvenile said they were cousins who live out of the area and were on their way from Empire to Merced. The female will be booked into Juvenile Hall. The male suspect, David Delalto, 19, will be booked into Merced Jail on charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Delalto will also face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Since they haven’t yet been booked, bail amounts and photos weren’t immediately available.