Porterville Recorder

TCSO: Ag theft ring broken, two men arrested


The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office stated on Wednesday it was able to break up an Ag theft ring that led to the arrests of two men.

One of the men was arrested a second time after posting bail following when he was arrested for his role in the Ag theft ring, TCSO stated.

Pedro Coronado, 37, and Alexis Avalos, 22, both of Lamont have been arrested.

On Wednesday, TCSO Ag Detectives spotted a white and red 1986 Ford Dually Pickup on the side of Highway 190 near Highway 65 in Portervill­e. Detectives recognized the pickup as matching one used by a suspect in multiple ongoing investigat­ions ranging from Kern to Madera Counties.

One of the men inside the truck, Coronado, is suspected of about a dozen equipment thefts in Tulare County and was arrested and booked on May 3 for the theft of an excavator in Earlimart. The next day, Coronado posted bail and was released. Coronado also has pending criminal cases in Kern County for possession of stolen property.

The second suspect in the vehicle, Avalos, was found to have multiple active arrest warrants out of Kern County, one of which was for burglary.

As the investigat­ion continued, Detectives found a forklift stuck in a nearby orchard that had been stolen in Terra Bella. A second forklift was also reported stolen from that location.

The second forklift was later found in the area of Scranton and Highway 65, just south of Portervill­e. Evidence collected at both scenes linked Coronado and Avalos to the thefts. Additional­ly, items found on Coronado at the time of arrest indicated he had been involved in recent thefts in a neighborin­g county.

Both suspects were arrested for multiple counts, including grand theft of agricultur­al equipment and possession of stolen property. Coronado was also booked for committing a felony while out on bail.

Anyone with informatio­n regarding the case is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Pugh or Sergeant Joe England with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Agricultur­al Crimes Unit at (559) 733-6218. Or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 7254194 or through email attcso@tipnow.com.

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Pedro Coronado
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Alexis Avalos

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