Two men arrested in Los Banos burglaries

Elbert Doniel Kirby
Elbert Doniel Kirby Merced County Sheriff’s Office

Two unrelated break-ins over the weekend in Los Banos ended with two men in custody, the Police Department reported.

Richard Michael Mendez, 28, was booked into jail on Saturday on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest, according to a Los Banos police news release and Merced County jail records.

Elbert Doniel Kirby, 24, also was booked in the jail Saturday on suspicion of commercial burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Mendez was arrested in connection with a series of break-ins at Los Banos High School, police said.

At 1:12 a.m., Los Banos officers spotted Mendez outside the Los Banos Community Center, according to police.

The officers found several electronic devices, bolt cutters and tools marked “Los Banos High School,” police said.

After further investigation, the officers found evidence of break-ins at Los Banos High School and vehicles in the agriculture department parking lot. A school employee identified the property as stolen from the high school, according to police.

Police said Mendez resisted the officers when they tried to handcuff him, but he was eventually restrained and arrested. Mendez remained in custody Monday on $15,000 bail, according to booking records.

At 2:55 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm at a business in the 900 block of West Pacheco Boulevard.

When officers arrived, they spotted Kirby standing near the rear door of the business, police said. The officers found damage and reviewed video surveillance footage that showed Kirby attempting to open the rear door, police said in the news release.

When Kirby was arrested, officers found several large pry bars and hand tools with him. Kirby is also being held on $15,000 bail.