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Merced man jailed after taking cash register from repair shop

William Waite
William Waite

A Merced man was arrested Monday morning after a sheriff's deputy saw him exiting a broken storefront window with a cash register in hand.

Deputy Sam Becerra was on patrol around 4:30 a.m. when he noticed a suspicious person in front of the Midas repair shop in the 1400 block of V Street. When Becerra turned his car around to talk with the man, he saw William Waite, 22, of Merced, coming out of the glass window. Waite, who was wearing a neck brace from a car accident a few weeks ago, apparently smashed the glass door to get to the register. When he saw Becerra, he took off running.

Becerra found him hiding near Courtesy Car Rental on 15th Street and ordered him at gunpoint to get on the ground. Waite refused until the officer pointed his Taser at him.

Waite was arrested and booked on suspicion of burglary, violation of probation and vandalism, and he remains in jail without bail.