Merced police arrest man after burglaries

FRESNO, Calif.

He's identified as 26-year-old Ronnie Chestnut.

Police believe he's responsible for a break-in at the JC Penny store at the Merced Mall early Saturday.

The store was ransacked and a few t-shirts were stolen.

Police questioned Chestnut Because they saw him riding his bicycle in the area.

They say Chestnut admitted to breaking into JC Penny and a jewelry store to support his drug habit.

Detectives believe Chestnut is responsible for burglaries at two jewelry stores and three banks in Merced in the past two weeks.

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