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Suspected auto burglar arrested after being chased down by victim's brother

A Merced man was arrested on auto burglary charges after he was caught by the brother of a victim, Merced Police said.

Bobby Foo Yang, 32, of Merced, was allegedly seen trying to break into a Chevrolet Tahoe parked near 11th and E streets in South Merced. The brother of the car's owner chased Yang and caught him near 11th and G streets. Merced Police officers Tom Martinez and William Avery arrived a few minutes later, and arrested Yang.

The car's window was broken out, and the stereo, a GPS unit and personal property had been taken, police said. Yang had a crowbar and glass punches, tools often used in burglaries, police said. After an investigation, police determined that Yang had driven his girlfriend's car to the area and parked it nearby. Police found numerous items in the car, including a Palm Pilot, GPS unit, CD players, compact disks, electronic device chargers, cell phones, stereo equipment and a digital camera. The value of the property was estimated at $2,000, police said.

A search of Yang's girlfriend's home turned up additional car stereos and amplifiers, police said.

Yang was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of auto burglary and possession of burglary tools. His bail was set at $16,000.

Anyone with information may call Detective Luis Solis at (209) 385-4703 or the anonymous Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725.

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