On Thursday May 26, 2016 Sheriff’s Detectives began investigating the theft of two ATV vehicles along with a trailer from the 4000 block of Bailey Avenue. The date of that theft was May 25, 2016.
During the course of this investigation, a witness to the theft spotted a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used by suspects at 2300 block of Ashby Road in Merced. This vehicle was very distinctively described by the victim and witnesses to the theft. Detectives began surveillance on the vehicle at the Ashby Road address. During the surveillance it was found that the vehicle was not displaying any license plates so they were not able to identify it or establish any ownership at the time.
After surveillance was conducted for approximately 30 minutes, detectives witnessed a male and female get into the vehicle and leave the residence. A traffic stop was initiated by the detectives on Highway 99 near the Merced Atwater Expressway. During the course of the vehicle stop, Detectives learned that the vehicle driven by Danny Coronado was stolen from the City of Livingston on May 15, 2016. This was the vehicle reported by the victims and witnesses as being involved in the theft of the ATV’s on May 25, 2016. Both Danny Coronado and his live in girlfriend Maria Hernandez were arrested from the stolen vehicle.
As the investigation continued a search warrant was prepared for the residence of Coronado and Hernandez on Ashby Road. During the service of the search warrant a second stolen vehicle was located that was stolen the night before. A stolen RV, camping trailer was also located. The RV, camping trailer was reported stolen on May 18, 2016. It was also discovered during the investigation that a classic car was stolen from the 6000 block of Dickenson Ferry Road. The classic car has since been located. It is believed that Coronado and Hernandez may be related to the theft of this vehicle as well.
Danny Coronado and his live in girlfriend Maria Hernandez were both arrested for possession of stolen property and for maintaining a “chop shop”, they have since bailed out of jail.
On April 25, 2016 Danny Coronado was arrested for several other theft, burglary related cases. During that investigation he was also found in possession of stolen property. Coronado also bailed from jail after the April 25, 2016 arrest and committed the new offenses while out on bail.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this manner and hopes to recover the ATV’s that were stolen in this incident. If anyone has any information about this investigation they can call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7445. Callers can remain anonymous.
At the conclusion of this investigation, the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for charges.