Jun 15, 2014
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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.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.