A Modesto man has been arrested for allegedly committing burglaries at the Turmeric Indian Cuisine and the Black Bear Diner in Merced.
Steven Russell Carson, 31, was recently taken to Santa Rita Prison in Dublin by Livermore Police.
Merced Police Detective Edwin Arias was contacted by Livermore Police, who said Carson was in their custody.
Officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Black Bear Diner at 1435 V Street around 4:22 a.m. on February 9. Officers discovered that the back door of the business had been forced open and no suspects had been located. Police said an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen, according to a news release.
CCTV of the incident showed a suspect pulling up in front of the business in a white Ford Mustang convertible. The suspect then broke into the business, stole cash and fled in the vehicle, the statement said.
Police said later that day that a similar incident allegedly took place at Turmeric Indian Cuisine in the 700 block of East Yosemite Avenue. Authorities said Officer Tim Farmer located surveillance video of surrounding businesses and it was determined that the suspect who broke in and stole cash from Turmeric Indian Cuisine was the same suspect as that of the robbery of Black Bear Diner.
According to police, the vehicle Carson was observed driving in the incidents had been reported stolen. The vehicle was equipped with a GPS, which police said linked Carson to the crime scenes. According to the statement, Carson was also in possession of a receipt from Black Bear Diner as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said Carson will be transported to Merced County Jail once he is released from custody at Santa Rita Jail.
Anyone with information regarding the alleged crimes is asked to contact Det. Edwin Arias at 209-388-7826 or by email at [email protected]
Certain crimes can be reported online through the Merced Police Department website and anonymous information can be submitted to police by calling 209-385-4725.
Anonymous information may also be submitted to law enforcement online through the Merced Area Crime Stoppers website.