SELMA – According to law enforcement, an 18-year-old man stole guns and then sold them so he could have money to take his girlfriend to the Big Fresno Fair. Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives report they arrested Nelson Navarrette, of Fowler, who was found in possession of those stolen guns.
According to detectives, the 18 year old told investigators during an interview that he needed money to go to the fair. He was issued a felony citation for burglary and not booked into jail. His identity is not being released in order to protect the integrity of the case, according to a sheriff’s press release.
Navarrette, 29, was booked into the Fresno County Jail Oct. 17 on suspicion of being a felon in possession of guns, drugs, ammunition, a large-capacity magazine and stolen property. His bail is set at $756,000.
Property crimes detectives said the guns were reported stolen on Oct. 13 from a Kingsburg home near the intersection of South Bethel and West Sierra avenues. Detectives found that Navarrette had purchased the guns and later arrested him at a Selma business on the 1800 block of East Front Street.
Detectives obtained a search warrant on Navarrette’s home on the 5300 block of South Armstrong Avenue in Fowler. There they found cash, ammunition, a handgun, an AR-15 rifle, large-capacity magazine and one-third pound of cocaine packaged for sale, it was reported.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives ask that anyone with information on Navarrette contact Detective George Razo at 600-8172 or Crime Stoppers at 498-7867. Callers remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.