Richmond police blotter: Car thief literally asleep at the wheel

Richmond police didn't need a good night's rest to chase down this sleepy car thief.

Richmond police didn’t need a good night’s rest to chase down this car thief.

Early Friday, a man who was found sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the 5400 block of Clinton Avenue was arrested on suspicion of stealing the car in San Francisco, said Sgt. Nicole Abetkov, a spokesperson for the department.

The incident unfolded about 8:35 a.m. when an alert neighbor called police about a suspicious person in a car. When officers arrived they found 38-year-old transient Jimmy Mercado “in the driver seat fully reclined, sleeping and with the keys in the ignition,” Abetkov said. The suspect told police he had borrowed the car from a woman.

“He couldn’t remember her name,” Abetkov said.

Juveniles busted for residential burglary

Two juveniles were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary Thursday night after a neighbor saw four suspects break the glass to the rear door of a residence in the 2700 block of Martin Luther King Drive, police said.

The neighbor also saw the suspects go inside the home and leave a short time later through the front door about 10 p.m., Abektov said. They then were seen walking toward S 28th Street.

While officers were responding, the suspects had reportedly returned to the rear of the home. The suspects fled when police confronted them and two were caught and booked.