Tulare County Sheriff’s Office uses ag theft deterrent SmartWater to nab Juan Castaneda for grand theft
EXETER – Catching a criminal red handed is a tough thing to do, that’s why the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office opted for yellow instead.
On Monday, July 1, TCSO Ag Crimes detectives served a warrant at a home in the 800 Block of Spruce Road in Tooleville, just east of Exeter.
They were following up on a series of agricultural-related thefts in the area.
There, detectives found stolen property marked with SmartWater CSI, which is invisible to the naked eye. One suspect, 18-year-old Juan Castaneda of Exeter, was found at the house with SmartWater on his hands.
He was arrested and booked into the Adult Pretrial Facility for grand theft. A second possible suspect is being sought for questioning. Ricardo Garcia, 35, of Exeter was also arrested at the scene because he was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest.
The Sheriff’s Office asks if anyone has information about this case to contact Sergeant Bobby Rader or Detective Brad McLean with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Ag Crimes Unit at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4125.