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Man arrested after officers find stolen trailers

A 38-year-old Merced man was arrested Thursday night after officers found three stolen trailers in his backyard, a police lieutenant said.

Thanh Nguyen is being held in Merced County jail in lieu of $40,000 bail, and is suspected of swiping trailers and receiving stolen property, police said.

Officer Moses Nelson and Samuel Sannadan went to a home in the 2600 block of North Highway 59 just after a victim told dispatchers that his trailer, stolen Tuesday, was in the house’s backyard.

While investigating, officers discovered that Nguyen had an arrest warrant out of San Jose for driving with a suspended license.

Officer Brian Bowen found five trailers in the home’s backyard, and three of them had been reported stolen from Delhi and Merced.

Police also recovered nearly 40 other pieces of stolen property, including stereo and construction equipment, worth more than $50,000. Lt. Andre Matthews said many of the items have been returned, including speakers from Livingston High School.

Nguyen did not cooperate during interviews and was taken to jail, Matthews said.Investigation into the thefts is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Rodriguez at 209 385-4710 or the tip line at 209 385-4725.

Reporter Scott Jason can be reached at 209 385-2453 or