A bicycle traffic stop ended Sunday in Merced with one man in custody after officers found property they believe he stole from Gracey Elementary School, the Police Department reported.
Martin J. Orozco, 29, of Merced, was booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility on suspicion of burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor allegations of possession of drug paraphernalia along with burglary tools and a traffic infraction for riding outside bicycle lanes. Bail was set at more than $53,000. He remained in custody Monday, according to Merced County Jail records.
Officer Natalia Enero saw Orozco around 8:35 a.m. in the area of 15th and G streets, riding a bicycle outside the bike lane on the wrong side of the street while pulling a baby carriage, police said in a news release.
Enero stopped Orozco and found a suspected methamphetamine pipe. The officer then found bolt cutters and a pry bar along with property from Gracey Elementary, including sports equipment, cleaning supplies and a slow cooker, among other items, according to police.
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Investigators went to the school and discovered evidence of break-ins in two buildings on campus, officers said.
“Orozco also had some jewelry that may have been stolen from another location,” police said in the statement.
Anyone who can identify the jewelry is asked to call Merced police detectives at 209-385-6987.
Orozco has picked up a lengthy history of arrests and citations during the last year, mostly involving drug possession and theft-related misdemeanor allegations, according to booking records.