A timely convergence of three separate incidents, along with a LoJack tracking device led to the recovery of a stolen SUV and the arrest of a suspect for its alleged theft.
Sgt. Michael Donnelly of the California Highway Patrol said the Friday morning circumstances were unusual.
“We were already in the area looking for a red truck, because of a home invasion call near Avenue 19, between Road 24 and Road 26, when my LoJack tracker signal got a hit. At the same time a vehicle pursuit was radioed in the north area near Merced, prompting the response of the CHP search helicopter. Fortunately, all the incidents were in the same general area,” Donnelly said.
Donnelly said a woman at home with a baby on Avenue 19 had reported two men breaking into the back of her home Friday morning around 10 am. The woman locked herself in a room and called police. The men got inside the home but fled in the red pickup truck, when they discovered someone was home, he said. The woman and baby were not injured...