Thieves take advantage of long holiday weekend in Strathmore robberies
strathmore – Thieves in Strathmore decided to work overtime during the four-day July 4th weekend but at least one homeowner stayed home for the holiday.
Three Strathmore homes were robbed of thousands of dollars of household items ranging from jewelry to off road vehicles. At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, deputies responded to the 19900 block of Road 220 in Strathmore. The reporting party advised that sometime between 5 p.m. on June 28 and 5:30 p.m. on July 5, unknown subjects made forced entry into the residence.
Electronics, furniture and window air conditioning units were taken with an estimated property loss of $3,155.
At 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6, deputies were dispatched to the 18000 block of Road 208 in Strathmore. The victim advised that sometime between 5 p.m. on July 5 and 11 a.m. on July 6, unknown suspects entered the residence, garage, and shed and took two vehicles, three off-road vehicles, miscellaneous jewelry and other household items.
An empty house ripe for the picking was not the story on Independence Day. At about 10:20 p.m. in the 25100 block of Avenue 200 in Strathmore, deputies were dispatched to an interrupted burglary. During the burglary, one suspect fired a gun at the victim but the victim was not injured. During the investigation, it was determined that a television, two handguns, three rifles, and other miscellaneous property were stolen during the theft. The loss was estimated at more than $9,000. Evidence was collected from the scene and detectives took over the investigation.
Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at email@example.com or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.
Sunday, July 8
At 11:10 p.m. in the area of Avenue 196 and Road 230 of Strathmore, detectives with the TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) were conducting gang suppression detail and observed a vehicle speeding.The driver, identified as 20-year-old Jesus Rivera of Porterville, was a documented criminal street gang member who was on active probation.During the traffic stop, detectives found that Rivera had a pair of brass knuckles and that there was a loaded handgun inside the car. Rivera was arrested without incident and booked at the Porterville Substation.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call (559) 725-4194.
Anyone with information regarding gang activity is encouraged to call the Tulare County gang hotline at 1-888-END-GANG (1-888-363-4264).