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Cousins charged with burglary
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Two teenagers are facing burglary charges after a witness saw them break into a Ballico home.

The burglary was reported at 9 a.m. Thursday in the 11000 block of Parchy Avenue by a neighbor who saw what they described as a Hispanic male with a mustache and wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt, kick in the front door to a house. The witness said the suspect left in a small white car.

Deputy Mark Taylor was responding to the scene when he noticed a small white car run the stop sign at Newport and Santa Fe roads, with the driver matching the description. Taylor made a vehicle stop and when he approached the vehicle he saw a flat screen television in the back seat. In the passenger seat was a 17-year-old female, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

After interviewing both suspects, they admitted to breaking into the house because they needed the money, MacKenzie said. A flat screen TV about 18 inches big and a bag of bank statements, bills and other personal paperwork, for possible identity theft, were taken from the home.

The man and juvenile said they were cousins who live out of the area and were on their way from Empire to Merced. The female was booked into Juvenile Hall and 19-year-old David Delalto was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Delalto also faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.