By Mike Tharpmtharp@mercedsun-star.com
Christmas didn’t come early for three Fresno men arrested by Merced police at Merced Power Sports on charges of commercial burglary.
Just before 5 a.m. Christmas Day, Officer Josh Faith responded to a commercial burglary alarm at 265 W. 15th, where the store is located.
He saw a late-model Chevrolet pickup parked near the front door and broken glass on the ground nearby, according to Merced Police Sgt. Rod Court. He also saw two male adults loading property into the bed of the truck.
At least one other suspect was still in the store and one in the cab of the pickup, according to police.
Faith blocked the truck’s escape, but all four suspects fled on foot, Court reported. Other police officers responded, set up a perimeter and arrested three suspects.
They are Franklin Lynch, 36; Reginald Gilliam, 51; and James Stanley, 46. All are from Fresno and all were booked into Merced County Jail.One unidentified suspect remains at large.
The pickup truck was reported stolen in Fresno. All the stolen property, which included several lawn mowers, generators and water pumps, was recovered at the scene, Court said. The estimated value of the recovered property is thousands of dollars.
Merced Police detectives are working with their counterparts in Fresno to try to identify the suspect still on the loose. Court said that Stanley, one of the suspects, was on parole.
Merced Motor Sports also sells a varied line of ATVs, motorcycles, watercraft and scooters.
Executive Editor Mike Tharp can be reached at (209) 385-2456 or firstname.lastname@example.org