On his way to a Thursday afternoon, June 25 call about vandalism on Darrah Street, Officer Jeremy Caron spotted a stolen car at Central and Herndon and he shifted priorities. Caron initiated a 3:11 a.m. traffic stop in the area of Herndon and Central avenues and apprehended a car theft suspect.
Driver Jose Mercado-Torres, 25, of Ceres, was arrested for auto theft, possession of stolen property.
Caron learned about the stolen car, a red 1997 Toyota Corolla stolen in Ceres on June 5, during a shift briefing.
A second occupant of the car was not arrested.