MERCED- Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe stole one of their vehicles.
Per Merced PD:
Can you Identify this Theft Suspect?
Merced – On March 17th at 10:40 pm, a Merced Police Department officer was investigating a theft at the Smart & Final parking lot at 1425 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. While the officer was speaking with the reporting party of the call an unidentified suspect got into the officers marked patrol car and sped away. The officer was approximately 40 feet away from the vehicle when the brazen suspect jumped into the vehicle.
Approximately 20 minutes later, officers located the vehicle abandoned in the 500 block of W. 27th Street. There were no firearms in the vehicle at the time of the theft. The vehicle was not damaged, and no property was taken from the vehicle. Officers located surveillance footage of the suspect from the store’s surveillance cameras. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Asian male adult, wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, red shirt, and red shoes. If anyone recognizes the individual in the photograph we encourage you to contact the Merced Police Department.
Incident: Vehicle Theft
Date and Time: March 17th, 2021 @ 2240 hours
Location: 1425 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Case Number: 2021-15031
The Merced Police Department is asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Sergeant Jeff Horn at 209-388-7739 or by email at [email protected]”.