Cultivation of Marijuana/Possession for sales
LOCATION:  16500 block of Vanowen, Van Nuys, CA.          DATE:  06-03-15          TIME:  0800
CASE NUMBER:  15-60614         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

SUSPECT: Arutyun Varikyan (60 YOA), Van Nuys Ca. 

04/23/15:

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (S.T.E.P.) team had conducted an investigation into a large scale marijuana grow site located at the 11200 block of Avenue 16 in Delano which is inside Tulare County. A search warrant was obtained for the 60 Acre parcel, which included 49 green houses. With the assistance, of Gang Unit, Narcotics Unit, Code Enforcement, RMA Road Department, Bakersfield HIDTA, CALMMET, Animal Control and National Guard, the warrant was served.  30 suspects were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession for sales.

1. 12,311 Marijuana plants were eradicated

2. 3 guns collected and 

3. $14,362 in US currency was seized

4. 30 subjects were detained, interviewed and booked for investigation of cultivation, and possession for sales of marijuana. 

5. Approximately 49.5 lbs. of fully processed marijuana was seized, with a value of $49,500. 

6. 2,661 lbs. of partially processed marijuana was seized, with an approximated value of $2,661,000.

7. In total, the value of the marijuana located at this site was $27,372,500

Since this date, Detectives conducted further investigation, identifying Arutyun Varikyan, as one of the main suspects responsible for cultivating marijuana at the 11200 block of Avenue 16 in Delano. A search warrant was obtained for his residence in the 16500 block of Vanowen, Van Nuys, CA. An arrest warrant was also obtained charging Varikyan with HS 11358, HS 11359, PC 12022(a)(1) (3 CNTS), HS 11366(a)/F1, PC 487(a)/F1 (5 CNTS).

 

06/03/15 

STEP Detectives and LAPD, responded to the address at 16500 block of Vanowen, Van Nuys, CA., and executed the search warrant . Varikyan was arrested without incident and booked into the LAPD Van Nuys Division Jail. 

This case is still under investigation, anyone with information regarding the case can contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-4288. 

 
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Update: Homicide, Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6296         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 5-20-15 at 0946, Deputies from the Orosi substation responded to the area of ave 400 and road 74 regarding a disturbance involving gunshots. Upon arrival, Deputies located three gunshot wound victims, one of which had succumbed to his injuries. The additional two victims were transported to local hospitals where they are being treated. The initial investigation revealed that the three subjects were in the orchard as part of a farm labor picking crew. The motive of the disturbance is unknown at this point.

Deputies were able to obtain a suspect description and assisting personnel from the Dinuba Police Department detained a subject matching that description. Investigators are in the process of determining if he is the suspect.

 

****UPDATE****

During the above investigation TCSO Violent Crimes Detectives were able to positively Identify the above victims. Additionally, through victims and witness statements the subject detained by  Dinuba Police Officers in the area of Ave. 408 & Rd. 74, Dinuba was positively identified as the suspect in the shooting. Upon contacting the suspect he was not in possession of the firearm used in the shooting. Detectives utilized TCSO K9 Deputy Cory Evans and his K9 partner KAYTU to search the area for the firearm. Deputy Evans search resulted in locating the firearm used in the crime concealed in a tree near the crime scene location.

While obtaining victim and witness statements it was discovered the victim’s and suspect were working for the same farm labor contractor in the orchard. The motive for the shooting is still unknown at this time.

 

***Update***

On 6-3-15 at approx. 1400 hrs. Tulare County Violent Crimes Detectives were advised by medical staff from an area hospital that V2 Carlos Eliseo Sanchez 65 years had succumbed to his injuries as a result of this incident.

The suspect in this case is currently in custody and Violent Crimes Detectives are currently in contact with the District Attorney’s Office to upgrade his charges to 2 counts of 187 PC – homicide.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488. Anyone with information can also remain anonymous by calling TIP NOW at 559-725-4194.

 
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Update: Homicide, Victim Identified
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6855         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 6-1-15 at approx. 1430 hrs. Deputies were dispatched to the area of Ave. 352 just west of Rd. 172, Visalia regarding a deceased female in an orange orchard.

Upon arrival Deputies were directed to the area in the orchard where they located the unknown female obviously deceased.

Due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death Violent Crimes Detectives along with Crime Lab Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

 

***Update***

On 6-2-15 the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department conducted an autopsy on the unidentified deceased female located in an orange orchard in the area of Ave. 352 & Rd. 172, Visalia.

During the autopsy it was discovered the unknown female died as the result of a fatal gunshot wound therefore the investigation is now being ruled a homicide.

The unknown female is described as being a Hispanic female adult, 25-30 years old, 5-5 to 5-7 tall, 150-170 lbs., shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes and wearing a black shirt, blue jean shorts and white socks.

The identity of the female is pending the results of fingerprint analysis and notification of next of kin.

 

***Update***

On 6-3-15 Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Detectives were able to positively identify the female victim as:

Roxanne Gabriela Rivas 27 years from the Ivanhoe area.

Anyone with information regarding the case can contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-4288. Anyone with information can also remain anonymous by calling TIP NOW at 559-725-4149

 
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Kidnapping, stolen vehicle, possession of stolen vehicle, child endangerment, concealing a child
LOCATION:  300 block N. School, Pixley Ca.          DATE:  6-2-15          TIME:  1400
CASE NUMBER:  15-6914         VICTIM:           CITY: 

V1-Barbara Whaley 60 yrs. / guardian of V2 and victim of 278 PC, 10851 CVC

V2-white female juvenile 2 yrs. / victim of 207 PC, 273a PC

S1-white female juvenile 15 yrs. / daughter to V1 and cousin to V2 / charges 207 PC, 278 PC

      4 cts 273a PC, 10851 CVC, 496 PC

S2-hispanic female juvenile 15 yrs. / charges 10851 CVC, 496 PC and 5 cts 273a PC

W1-hispanic female juvenile 15 yrs.

W2-hispanic female juvenile 16 yrs.

W3-hispanic female juvenile 10 yrs.

 

On 6-2-14 at approx. 1400 hrs. Deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of E. Joanne, Pixley regarding a kidnapping/stolen vehicle which had just occurred.

Upon arrival they contacted V1 who stated at approx. 1400 hrs. she arrived at a local school with V2 and S1 in her vehicle to pick up another child from the school. V1 stated she exited her vehicle and walked into the school leaving V2 and S1 in the vehicle. After retrieving the child she returned to the area where she left her vehicle and found it gone along with V2 and S1. V1 returned to her residence and called the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies placed a state wide BOL for the vehicle and began an area search and Violent Crimes Detectives were requested to respond to take over the investigation. Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit Sheriff 1 also responded to assist with the search.

During the course of the search Deputies contacted numerous friends of S1 and through those contacts discovered S1 had picked up numerous other juveniles and they were possibly in the Delano area near the cemetery on Garces Highway and Albany St. 

Detectives requested the assistance from Delano PD to check the area as Deputies, Detectives and Sheriff 1 responded to the area.

Delano PD Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop where V2 was recovered uninjured and the vehicle was found to be undamaged. During the stop S1, S2, W1, W2 and W3 were detained without incident.

V1 responded to the scene and V2 along with the vehicle were released to her at the scene.

W3 was interviewed by Violent Crimes Detectives on scene and it was determined she had just entered the vehicle and had no knowledge of any crime. She was then released to a responsible adult at the scene.

S1, S2, W1 and W2 were then transported to the Pixley Substation for further investigation

During subsequent interviews by Violent Crimes detectives S1 admitted to taking the vehicle as V1 walked into the school to pick up another child, knowing V2 was still in the vehicle when she drove off in the vehicle, driving the vehicle without a license and picking up additional juveniles while driving without a license,

S2 admitted to driving the vehicle without a license with the other juveniles in the vehicle, knowing that S1 took the vehicle without the owner’s consent and knowing it was a stolen vehicle.

W2 and W3 admitted to being in the vehicle but having no knowledge it was stolen or taken without the victims consent.

W2 and W3 were released to their parents at the Pixley Substation. S1 and S2 were transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility on the above listed charges.

 
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187 PC- Homicide
LOCATION:  Ave 352/Road 172          DATE:  6-1-15          TIME:  1430 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-6855         VICTIM:  Hispanic Female Adult          CITY:  Visalia

On 6-1-15 at approx. 1430 hrs. Deputies were dispatched to the area of Ave. 352 just west of Rd. 172, Visalia regarding a deceased female in an orange orchard.

Upon arrival Deputies were directed to the area in the orchard where they located the unknown female obviously deceased.

Due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death Violent Crimes Detectives along with Crime Lab Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

***Update***

On 6-2-15 the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department conducted an autopsy on the unidentified deceased female located in an orange orchard in the area of Ave. 352 & Rd. 172, Visalia.

During the autopsy it was discovered the unknown female died as the result of a fatal gunshot wound therefore the investigation is now being ruled a homicide.

The unknown female is described as being a Hispanic female adult, 25-30 years old, 5-5 to 5-7 tall, 150-170 lbs., shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes and wearing a black shirt, blue jean shorts and white socks.

The identity of the female is pending the results of fingerprint analysis and notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information regarding the case can contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-4288. Anyone with information can also remain anonymous by calling TIP NOW at 559-725-4149

 
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BURGLARY
LOCATION:  3350 AVENUE 112, CORCORAN          DATE:  06-02-2015          TIME:  1112 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6896         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On today’s date, Patrol deputies responded to the above described location in regards to a suspicious person.  Upon arrival, they contacted the victim, who advised the subject on his property was unknown to him.  Deputies then contacted David Seaman, who was in the process of removing various scrap metal items.  He was detained without incident.  Ag Crime Detectives were contacted, responded, and took over the scene.  Seaman was subsequently arrested and booked for the above listed offense.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contacted Detective R. Gunderman or Lieutenant J. Campos with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Ag Unit at 559-735-1898 or 24 hours a day at 559-733-6218.

 

 

 
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On today’s date, Patrol deputies responded to the above described location in regards to a suspiciou
LOCATION:  3300 Block of Avenue 112, Corcoran          DATE:  06-02-2015          TIME:  1112
CASE NUMBER:  15-06896         VICTIM:  Cory Vanderham          CITY: 

On 6-2-15, Patrol deputies responded to the above described location in regards to a suspicious person.  Upon arrival, they contacted the victim, who advised the subject on his property was unknown to him.  Deputies then contacted David Seaman, who was in the process of removing various scrap metal items.  He was detained without incident.  Ag Crime Detectives were contacted, responded, and took over the scene.  Seaman was subsequently arrested and booked for the above listed offense.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contacted Detective R. Gunderman or Lieutenant J. Campos with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Ag Unit at 559-735-1898 or 24 hours a day at 559-733-6218.

 
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270/273A PC- Child Endangerment and Failure to Provide
LOCATION:  17500 Block of Road 64          DATE:  06-01-15          TIME:  2200 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-6881         VICTIM:  Confidential per PC 293          CITY:  Tipton

On 6-1-15 at 2148 hours Deputies were dispatched to a residence located in the 17500 block of R64, Tulare in regard to children left unattended on a regular basis, and recently seen sleeping in the front yard.  Deputies responded to the location, and contacted Andrea Gonzalez (32 years of age) who was identified as the responsible parent.  During the investigation, Deputies confirmed several children had been sleeping in the front yard. 

Deputies were given permission to inspect the residence, and discovered it was in uninhabitable based on large amounts of animal feces throughout the residence.  The house was in complete disarray.  There was no drinkable water, propane gas or electricity.  Child Welfare Services was notified, and responded to assist with the investigation.  The suspect, Andrea Gonzalez, was arrested for child endangerment, and failing to provide for children.  She was booked at Pre-Trail in Visalia.    

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at #1-800-808-0488 or anonymously provide details at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194. 

 
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PC 211- Robbery
LOCATION:  21024 Ave 152          DATE:  5-31-15          TIME:  0930 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-6802         VICTIM:  Stage Stop Mini Mart          CITY:  Porterville

Detectives from the South County Investigations Unit made two arrests during their investigations of this case.  Both suspects were arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.

Suspect #1: Augustine Garcia, 34 yrs old, Porterville  Charges: 211 PC

Suspect #2: Leighann Johnson, 26 yrs old, Porterville  Charges:  182(a)(1) PC- Conspiracy, 211 PC- Robbery. 

On 05-31-2015 at 0924 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 21000 block of Avenue 152, Porterville regarding a robbery. Upon arrival, Deputies were advised the suspect fled the area with an undetermined amount of money.

The case is still currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Justin Pipkin or Sgt. John Dow of the Sheriff’s Departments @ (559) 782-9675 or (800) 808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program:
Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com.
 

 

 

 
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Suspicious Death
LOCATION:  Avenue 352 and Road 172, Visalia          DATE:  6-1-15          TIME:  1430
CASE NUMBER:  15-06855         VICTIM:  Unknown Female          CITY: 

On 6-1-15 at approximately 1430, Deputies were dispatched to the area of Avenue 352, just west of Road 172 in Visalia regarding a deceased female in an orchard.

Upon arrival, Deputies were directed to the area in the orchard where the female was located. Due to the suspicious circumstances of the death, Violent Crimes Detectives and Crime Lab responded to the scene and took over the investigation. 

Anyone with information regarding this case encouraged to contact Detectives at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488. Anonymous information about this case can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net, or by calling 559-725-4194. 

 
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Vehicle Theft
LOCATION:  7400 block of Riggin Rd, Visalia CA          DATE:  06-01-2015          TIME:  1330
CASE NUMBER:  15-06810         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On May 31st, 2015 at approximately 1330 hours, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Agricultural Crimes Unit were informed an ATV had been stolen from private property located within the 7600 block of Riggin Rd in Visalia.  During the investigation, Detectives located the stolen vehicle at a residence near the intersection of Road 122 and Bermuda Ave in Visalia.  Evidence at both locations led Detectives in identifying Angel Prado and Jesus Mendoza as the suspects who had stolen the ATV.  Detectives soon located Mendoza and Prado who were arrested, charged with, and subsequently booked for vehicle theft (VC 10851).

 
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Passing counterfeit currency
LOCATION:  Ave 296/ Rd 152 Visalia Ca          DATE:  05/31/2015          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6806         VICTIM:  Albert Bentley          CITY: 

Suspect: (S-1) Princess Garcia (Visalia)

      (S-2) Kenneth Choate (Pismo)

      (S-3) Kathryn Wagher

 

On Sunday May 31st 2015, Deputies were dispatched to the Visalia Swap meet located in the area of Ave 296 and Rd 152, in regards to a report of a subject passing counterfeit US currency to the vendors at the swap meet. During the investigation it was determined that Princess Garcia had purchased items with the counterfeit US currency.  

Further investigation led to the discovery of a counterfeit operation in the City of Visalia. The suspects were in possession of a large amount of counterfeit US currency and the equipment needed to make the counterfeit bills.  Kenneth Choate and Kathryn Wagher of Pismo were arrested and booked at the Adult Pre Trial Facility without incident. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department (559)733-6218.

 
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Probation / Parole compliance checks
LOCATION:           DATE:  5-29-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  numerous         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspects in Custody: 

Suspect #1- Ricardo Barajas 37 yrs., Pixley Ca   Charges: PC-30305 (Felon Possession of ammunition), HS-11350 (Possession of controlled substance)

Suspect #2- Wylie Youngblood  43 yrs., Pixley Ca.   Charges: PC-29800(A)(1) (Felon Possession of Firearm), PC-30305(A)(1) Felon possession of firearm, PC-496 (Possession of stolen property)

Suspect #3- Juan Vega 20 yrs., Earlimart Ca.     Charges: PC-3056 (Parole Violation)

Suspect#4- Manuel Aguirre 18 yrs., Earlimart       Charges: HS-11364 (Possession of drug paraphernalia)

Suspect#5- Alejandro Navarro 24 yrs., Earlimart Ca.    Charges:  HS-11359 (Sales of Marijuana)

Suspect#6 – Juvenile male 17yrs., Earlimart Ca.     Charges:  Warrant Arrest 

Suspect#7 – Jacob Ojeda 23 yrs. Earlimart Ca.    Charges: Warrant Arrest

 

On 5-29-15, Deputies from TCSO Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Tulare Police Department, California Department of Corrections State Parole, Tulare County Probation Department and the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team which is made up of Investigators from the Exeter & Farmersville Police Departments and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department which is funded through JAG Grant called Closing the Circle, conducted (25) Probation / Parole compliance checks.  The areas targeted were the unincorporated Towns of Pixley, Earlimart and Alpaugh.  As a result of the operation the above listed suspects were taken into custody.  Also located during the detail was a stolen flatbed trailer valued at $5,000.00, the victim was contacted and responded to recover the property.  This case was turned over to the California Highway Patrol for further investigation.  A loaded firearm was also located and was later learned to be reported stolen.  

All suspects listed were subsequently arrested for above listed charges. 

The cases are currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit and the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team.  Anyone with information regarding these cases is encouraged to contact Detective Miguel Franco or Sgt. Steve Sanchez at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

Anonymous information about crimes in Tulare County areas can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net , txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (800) END-GANG, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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BATTERY ON A PEACE OFFICER, RESISTING OR DISOBEYING PEACE OFFICER
LOCATION:  12500 Block Ave 408, Orosi          DATE:  5-30-15          TIME:  0002
CASE NUMBER:  15-6751         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 5-30-15 at approximately 0002 hours Deputies from Orosi Substation were investigating a physical altercation at an apartment complex located at 12554 Avenue 408 in Orosi. During the investigation, Deputies noticed the suspect in the kitchen and requested he open the door.  The suspect identified as Antonio Duran (29 years old) refused to cooperate, failed to follow instructions, and walked upstairs to remain out of view.  Within a few minutes two juveniles opened the front door. Deputies were able to confirm a female was the victim of domestic violence.  

Subsequently, they contacted Duran who was argumentative, and refused to open his bedroom door as instructed.  Deputies became concerned he might try to jump out the bedroom window to escape.  Deputies entered the bedroom, and were immediately confronted by Duran who fought to resist arrest.  Deputies tried to use a Taser to stop his aggression, but it was ineffective. Duran became violent during the altercation, but was eventually subdued.  Deputies sustained minor injuries during this incident.  Duran was arrested, medically treated at a local hospital, and booked at Pre-Trail in Visalia.  The case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.  

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at #1-800-808-0488 or anonymously provide details at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.  

 
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ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON/SHOOTING IN NEGLIGENT MANNER
LOCATION:  41200 BLOCK OF R124, OROSI          DATE:  05-31-2015          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6819         VICTIM:  Male Juvenile          CITY: 

On 05/31/15 at approx. 2137 hours Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Orosi Substation were dispatched to the 41200 Blk of Rd 124 in regards to a report of shots being fired and then a man down at that location suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon Deputies arrival they located the victim lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim was treated on scene by EMS personnel and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

The ensuing investigation determined that the victim was walking northbound on the sidewalk in front of a swap meet when he heard some shots being fired; he then felt pain in his leg and fell to the ground and realized he had been shot. A vehicle parked on the street was struck several times as well by gunshots. Witnesses state the suspect vehicle is a white newer style four door Honda that was last seen traveling southbound on Rd 124 from the scene occupied by several unknown subjects in the vehicle.

The victim is in stable condition with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg and is being admitted for overnight observation. No other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6211 or (800) 808-0488.

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones

 

 
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ROBBERY
LOCATION:  21000 BLOCK OF AVENUE 152, PORTERVILLE          DATE:  05-31-2015          TIME:  0924 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6802         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL PER 293          CITY: 

On 05-31-2015 at 0924 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 21000 block of Avenue 152, Porterville regarding a robbery. Upon arrival, Deputies were advised the suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money.

The case is still currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Justin Pipkin or Sgt. John Dow of the Sheriff’s Departments @ (559) 782-9675 or (800) 808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: 

Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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BURGLARY
LOCATION:  1000 BLOCK OF E RIVER, PORTERVILLE          DATE:  05-31-2015          TIME:  0930 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6804         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deputies responded to 1000 blk of E. River, Porterville on a burglary report. Deputies contacted the victim, who said unknown suspect(s) entered her residence and took various personal property. 

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department  

 
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BURGLARY
LOCATION:  1000 BLOCK OF E RIVER, PORTERVILLE          DATE:  05-31-2015          TIME:  0930 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6804         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deputies responded to 1000 blk of E. River, Porterville on a burglary report. Deputies contacted the victim, who said unknown suspect(s) entered her residence and took various personal property. 

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department  

 
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ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON
LOCATION:  R184/A8, RICHGROVE          DATE:  05-30-2015          TIME:  1500 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6771         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL PER 293          CITY: 

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to a reported man down call in the area of Rd 184 and Ave 8, Richgrove.  Upon finding the victim, it was determined he was involved in an assault with a deadly weapon.  Detectives from the South County Investigations unit responded to the crime scene and assumed the investigation.  The victim was transported to the Delano Regional Medical Center where he received treatment for non-life threatening injuries sustained during the assault and later released.  

The suspect was contacted and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect was booked at the Porterville Substation.

This case is currently under investigation.  Anyone additional information regarding this case are asked to contact Det. J Hunziger with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South County Investigations Unit, 24 hours (559) 733-6218. 

Suspect information:

Paramo-Carranza, Obed;  28 years old from the city of Delano CA. 

 
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NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM
LOCATION:  11700 BLOCK OF CARLETON AVE, TULARE          DATE:  05-29-2015          TIME:  1215 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6732         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

On 05/29/15 at approximately 12:15 PM Deputies were sent to a report of gunshots heard in the area of a residential neighborhood. During the course of the investigation the suspect, a 65 yr old WMA who had been drinking was located nearby and arrested. He was booked into Tulare County Jail for the aforementioned charges.  

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones

 

 

 

 

 
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ATTEMPTED BURGLARY
LOCATION:  900 BLOCK OF EAST TERRA BELLA, PIXLEY          DATE:  05-29-2015          TIME:  1438 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6736         VICTIM:           CITY:  PIXLEY

Deputies responded to the 35300 block of Tule River Drive in Springville, regarding a vehicle burglary. Upon arriving, the victim advised Deputies, his truck window had been broken and numerous power tools had been taken from inside the vehicle. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 
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CULTIVATION, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR SALE & POSSESSION OF A CONVERSION LAB
LOCATION:  42000 BLOCK OF SOUTH FORK DRIVE AND 42000 BLOCK OF SUNSET DRIVE, THREE RIVERS          DATE:  05-29-2015          TIME:  0712 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6386         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

On 5.29.2015 at approximately 0712 hours Deputies arrived at a residence in the 42000 block of South Fork Drive, to execute a marijuana search warrant on an suspected indoor grow. Upon arrival deputies made entry and located 77 live marijuana plants and indoor growing equipment. 

During the course of the investigation deputies developed leads the renter had another home in the Three Rivers Area. Deputies responded to the 42000 block of Sunset Drive and made contact with occupant of the home who was identified as Jeffrey Howard, Age 30. While at the residence deputies located an additional 141 marijuana plants inside an indoor room. The illegal street value at maturity is estimated $109,000.00. While searching the residence deputies additionally located equipment for used in the extraction of THC from the marijuana and an estimated 4 Lbs of processed marijuana. Howard was booked into Tulare County Jail for charges of Cultivation of Marijuana, Possessing Marijuana for sales, and Possession of a Conversion Lab. 

Anyone with any additional information can contact Deputy Frick at 559-733-6218.

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones

 

 
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Probation Compliance Detail
LOCATION:  Communities of Pixley and Earlimart          DATE:  05-29-2015          TIME:  0800-1400
CASE NUMBER:  Multiple         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Case Numbers - 15-90044, 15-90045, 15-90046, 15-90047

Suspects in Custody: 

Suspect #1- Ricardo Barajas 37 yrs., Pixley Ca   Charges: PC-30305 (Felon Possession of ammunition), HS-11350 (Possession of controlled substance)

Suspect #2- Wylie Youngblood  43 yrs., Pixley Ca.   Charges: PC-29800(A)(1) (Felon Possession of Firearm), PC-30305(A)(1) Felon possession of firearm, PC-496 (Possession of stolen property)

Suspect #3- Juan Vega 20 yrs., Earlimart Ca.     Charges: PC-3056 (Parole Violation)

Suspect#4- Manuel Aguirre 18 yrs., Earlimart       Charges: HS-11364 (Possession of drug paraphernalia)

Suspect#5- Alejandro Navarro 24 yrs., Earlimart Ca.    Charges:  HS-11359 (Sales of Marijuana)

Suspect#6 – Juvenile male 17yrs., Earlimart Ca.     Charges:  Warrant Arrest 

Suspect#7 – Jacob Ojeda 23 yrs. Earlimart Ca.    Charges: Warrant Arrest

On 5-29-15, Deputies from TCSO Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Tulare Police Department, California Department of Corrections State Parole, Tulare County Probation Department and the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team which is made up of Investigators from the Exeter & Farmersville Police Departments and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department which is funded through JAG Grant called Closing the Circle, conducted (25) Probation / Parole compliance checks.  The areas targeted were the unincorporated Towns of Pixley, Earlimart and Alpaugh.  As a result of the operation the above listed suspects were taken into custody.  Also located during the detail was a stolen flatbed trailer valued at $5,000.00, the victim was contacted and responded to recover the property.  This case was turned over to the California Highway Patrol for further investigation.  A loaded firearm was also located and was later learned to be reported stolen.   

All suspects listed were subsequently arrested for above listed charges. 

The cases are currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit and the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team.  Anyone with information regarding these cases is encouraged to contact Detective Miguel Franco or Sgt. Steve Sanchez at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

Anonymous information about crimes in Tulare County areas can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (800) END-GANG

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Negligent discharge of a firearm
LOCATION:  11700 block of Carleton, Tulare          DATE:  05-29-2015          TIME:  1215 hours
CASE NUMBER:  15-06732         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 05/29/15 at approximately 12:15 PM Deputies were sent to a report of gunshots heard in the area of a residential neighborhood. During the course of the investigation the suspect, a 65 yr old WMA who had been drinking was located nearby and arrested. He was booked into Tulare County Jail for the aforementioned charges. 

 

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones

 
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Vehicle burglary
LOCATION:  35300 block of Tule River Drive, Sprinvgille          DATE:  05-28-2015          TIME:  2000 hours
CASE NUMBER:  15-06713         VICTIM:  Nathan Behrens          CITY:  Sprinvgille

Deputies responded to the 35300 block of Tule River Drive in Springville, regarding a vehicle burglary. Upon arriving, the victim advised Deputies, his truck window had been broken and numerous power tools had been taken from inside the vehicle. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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Sheriff Boudreaux holds first Sheriff's Public Outreach Team Meeting
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and his Executive Command staff hosted the first meeting of the Sheriff’s Public Outreach Team (S.P.O.T.) Thursday night at Sheriff’s Headquarters.

 

The team was created to help facilitate community learning and outreach, increase awareness of what the Sheriff's Office can do for the public, and to give the community an opportunity to communicate with the Sheriff through members of the team.

 

Community leaders from around Tulare County were asked if they would take part in the team, and 13 individuals accepted. Eight were in attendance at the Thursday night meeting, including: Willard Epps from Tulare, Mel Babolla from Visalia, Paulie Romero from Visalia, Armondo Apodaca from Visalia, Lali Moheno from Visalia, Dennis Laux from Porterville, Stephanie Cortez from Porterville, and Ed Needham from Visalia. 

 

Yesterday's meeting included an overview of the operational units of the Sheriff's Office, as well as a question and answer session where community leaders discussed the budget, body worn and in-vehicle cameras, and the importance of community relations at all levels.

 

This team, which will continue to meet regularly, is part of Sheriff Boudreaux's vision of moving into the future of law enforcement and making a difference in the communities of Tulare County - and is also the first team of its kind in the history of the agency.

 

Pictures can be found at http://tinyurl.com/oae5klx  

 
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Negligent Discharge of a Firearm / Gang Crime
LOCATION:  20700 Block of Bibee, Richgrove          DATE:  5-27-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6628         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

Suspect #1: Francisco Pantoja 23yrs.  (In Custody)

Address: Richgrove, Ca

 

On Wednesday, 5-27-15 at approx. 2200 hours, Deputies from the Porterville Substation were dispatched to the 20700 Block of Bibee in Richgrove for a report of shots fired.  The preliminary investigation revealed that (S) arrived in the area in his vehicle and a verbal altercation ensued between two suspected rival gang members in the area.  The (S) reportedly exited his vehicle and produced a firearm, shooting multiple times towards the suspected rival gang member.  No injuries were reported at the time and the both subjects involved fled the scene.  Deputies were able to identify the (S) in this case and issued an 836/PC-246.3, PC-186.22.  The Suspect was contacted the follow-day by the Porterville Patrol Deputies.  The case and the suspect were turned over to TCSO Gang Violence Suppression Unit for further investigation.

The ensuing investigation lead to a search warrant at the (S) residence.  After further investigation it was determined the (S) was responsible for the crime and was suspected of being a Northern Gang member.  The suspect was subsequently booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility for negligent discharge and Gang Crime.  

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective David DeLaCruz or Sergeant Steve Sanchez at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488. Anonymous information about this case can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net   txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (800) END-GANG or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  23700 block of A95 / Terra Bella          DATE:  05-28-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6690         VICTIM:  Maria Gomez          CITY: 

On 05-28-15 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a burglary at the 23700 block of Avenue 95 in Terra Bella. Upon arrival TCSO Deputies contacted the victim. She stated she arrived home to find her residence had been burglarized. Deputies observed a large hole in the ceiling where the suspect entered the residence. The suspects stole $600.00 cash, a checkbook, and $2000.00 in Mexican currency.

Suspect: (S) Unknown

The case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559)733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW. Reference TCSO case 15-6690.

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  5600 block of Road 42 / Alpaugh          DATE:  15-6661          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6661         VICTIM:  Ray Dihel          CITY: 

On 05-28-15 at 1100 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 5600 block of Road 42 in Alpaugh regarding Burglary. Upon arrival it was determined unknown suspects entered the property and stole two firearms and two small safes worth 300.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com

Suspect: Unknown

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  14700 block of Road 190, Poplar          DATE:  05-28-15          TIME:  0835
CASE NUMBER:  15-6645         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On 05-28-2015 at 0840 hours, Deputies were dispatched to a residence located in the 14700 block of Road 190 in Poplar in regards to a burglary. Upon arrival to the area Deputies were advised by witnesses that the suspect had fled the area on foot. The victim stated the suspect was observed inside her residence as she was inside the residence during the incident. The victim and witnesses were able to provide deputies with a clothing description and direction the suspect was last seen travelling. Deputies along with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol were able to establish a perimeter around an orchard the suspect was last seen entering in the area. Deputies conducted a search of a nearby Walnut orchard inside the perimeter and located the suspect. The suspect, identified as Luis Velasco, 32 years of age, was arrested and transported to the Porterville Substation for booking.

 
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ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
LOCATION:  26400 Block Ave 364          DATE:  05-27-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-6619         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

Deputies were dispatched to 26442 Ave 264, Motel 99, for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted the confidential victim who reported that the suspect Tamika Whitaker (37 yoa) had assaulted her with a piece of glass following an outburst in a vehicle.  Following the attack with glass, the suspect punched and grabbed the victim repeatedly until she was able to break free and escape.  The victim was able to call 911 and Deputies arrived a short time later.  The victim refused medical treatment and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The suspect was later medically cleared and booked into the Tulare County Pretrial Facility.  

 

Case currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.   

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  8000 block of Road 248, Terra Bella          DATE:  05-27-15          TIME:  1800
CASE NUMBER:  15-6632         VICTIM:  Rodriguez, Marco          CITY: 

On May 26, 2015 at about 0012 Hrs deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Porterville Substation were dispatched to an address in the 8000 block of Road 248 in Terra Bella regarding a residential burglary. Upon arrival deputies discovered an unknown suspect(s) had forced entry into the victim’s residence and removed a electronics valued at approximately $1200. 

 
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Carjacking
LOCATION:  800 block of E. Orange, Porterville          DATE:  05-28-15          TIME:  0052
CASE NUMBER:  15-6637         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On May 28, 2015 at about 0052 Hrs deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Porterville Substation were dispatched to the 800 block of E. Orange Avenue regarding a carjacking. Upon arrival deputies contacted the confidential female victim who reported a subject she knew as (S) Brian Rodriguez physically assaulted her and took her vehicle. While deputies were on scene the suspect drove past the scene and abandoned the vehicle in the 100 block of S. Maurer. Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate Rodriguez.

 

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Brian Rodriguez is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.  

 

Suspect:

 

Rodriguez, Brian 

H/M/A 5’7, 150 lbs, Blk Hair, Brown Eyes, 28 Years of Age

 
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Discharge a firearm in a gross negligent manner
LOCATION:  20700 block of Bibee Dr-Richgrove          DATE:  05-27-15          TIME:  1930
CASE NUMBER:  15-6628         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 05-27-15 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a shots fired call in the 20700 block of Bibee Dr. 

Upon arrival they contacted the reporting party who stated at approximately 1930 hours she was driving eastbound on Bibee Dr. toward her residence. She observed a blue Monte Carlo in front of her residence and the suspect yelling at an adult male. She continued past her residence and the suspect followed him in his vehicle. The suspect then stopped the vehicle, went to the trunk, retrieved a firearm, and fired approximately 3 shots in the direction of her residence. The suspect then fled northbound in the vehicle. 

 

Suspect:

(S) Francisco Pantoja A.K.A. “Chico” (18) years from Richgrove

 

The case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559)733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW. Reference TCSO case 15-6628.

 
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Home Invasion Robbery
LOCATION:  20200 block of Road 208, Strathmore          DATE:  05-27-15          TIME:  1300
CASE NUMBER:  15-6604         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Unknown Black Male Adult

 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the 20200 block of Road 208 for a home invasion robbery. The victim advised the unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the residence through the front door and took two HP laptops which valued at approximately $800. The victim stated one of the suspect(s) was described as a black male adult wearing a tan shirt with thin blue stripes, black pants and unknown colored shoes. The male was estimated to be in his thirties, 6 foot tall, 300 pounds with a shaved head and no facial hair. 

 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 
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AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
LOCATION:  40000 BLOCK OF BLOSSOM DRIVE, THREE RIVERS          DATE:  05-26-2015          TIME:  1200 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6540         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deputies responded to a report of a physical altercation in the 40000 block of Blossom. Deputies contacted the involved parties and during the course of the investigation found Philip Easley, Age: 47, of Three Rivers had assaulted the victim and kicked the victim several times with his boots while victim was on the ground. Easley was arrested and transported to Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility and booked for aggravated assault. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact Deputy Frick.

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

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txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones

 

 
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UNDER INFLUENCE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  42000 BLOCK ON NORTH FORK DRIVE, THREE RIVERS          DATE:  05-24-2015          TIME:  1900 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6482         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 5.24.15 at approximately 7:00 PM Deputies responded to a report of harassment at Lake Kaweah. During the course of the investigation the two suspects involved were found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Jeffery Jackson Age: 47, and Stacey Mata, Age 47, both from Shafter, CA. Jackson was also found to be in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Both suspects were arrested and booked into Tulare County Jail for the aforementioned charges.  

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones

 

 
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ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON
LOCATION:  22000 BLOCK OF AVE 154 , PORTERVILLE          DATE:  05-27-2015          TIME:  1600 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6613         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 05-27-15 at 1600 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 22000 block of Avenue 154 in Porterville regarding an Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Upon arrival it was determined the suspect hit the victim in the face with brass knuckles causing minor injuries. The suspect was later arrested at his residence without incident.   

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com

Suspect: Xavier Cornejo 20 years from Porterville

 
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TRANSPORTATION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, RESISTING ARREST
LOCATION:  A324/R156, VISALIA          DATE:  05-27-2015          TIME:  0832 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6589         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

On 05-27-2015 at approximately 0832 hours, a vehicle stop was initiated on Avenue 324, west of Road 156 in Ivanhoe.  The unlicensed driver/sole occupant of the vehicle, Jonathan Collazo, was contacted and found to have two active warrants.  Collazo resisted his detention for his warrants but was subsequently taken into custody.    A search of the vehicle yielded two glass pipes commonly used for ingesting methamphetamine and a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. Collazo was booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Pre-Trial Facility. 

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

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txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

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Suspect Information

Collazo, Jonathan 21 YOA

Ivanhoe Resident

 
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ROBBERY
LOCATION:  20000 BLOCK OF ROAD 208 , STRATHMORE          DATE:  05-27-2015          TIME:  1400 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-6604         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 05-27-15 at 1300 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 20000 block of Road 208 in Strathmore regarding a robbery. Upon arrival it was determined an unknown suspect broke into the residence and stole two laptops worth $800. The suspect was confronted by the homeowner and fled the residence. Nobody was injured.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com

 
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