California burglars found passed out at crime scene in their own automobile

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Note to burglars — don’t fall asleep outside the place you just burglarized with your vehicle full of the loot.


A pair of 17-year-olds in the Central California community of Winton were arrested and released to the custody of their parents on Friday after passing out in a haze of marijuana smoke outside of a construction site, their blue SUV packed with copper wires and other items from the property, police said.


The youths also had a loaded firearm, which investigators discovered had been stolen in March of this year, said Undersheriff for the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, Jason Goins.

They were spotted in their car by a sheriff’s deputy soon Goins said.

“There was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car,” Goins said. “They were passed out and he had to wake them up.”

The youths, whom Goins said were gang members, were arrested on suspicion of having a loaded firearm in the vehicle, possessing stolen property and participating in a criminal street gang.

“We’ve run across it before – individuals who are intoxicated or high on drugs passed out at the scene,” Goins said. “It’s not common but it can happen.”

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