Kingsburg men: Stolen items found

Two Kingsburg men, Cody Bierman and Ralph James, are wanted in connection with a series of thefts throughout Tulare County. Sheriff’s Deputies found stolen items such as a large rollaway Craftsman toolbox and an oxygen and acetylene tank set after serving a search warrant at a home on April 5 in the 5800 block of Avenue 376, Kingsburg.

KINGSBURG – Two Kingsburg men are wanted by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies in connection with a number of burglaries that have taken place throughout the county since the beginning of the year.

The Sheriffs are asking for help in tracking down Cody Bierman, 23, and Ralph James, 50, both of Kingsburg. They believe both men are responsible for burglaries and anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective William Salinas or Rick Morley at the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at 733-6218, or anonymously by calling or texting 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com.

Here are the burglaries they are investigating:

  • On Jan. 8, TCSO Deputies were called to home burglary on the 41000 block of Road 40 in Reedley. Suspects broke into a shop building and took several motorcycles and an Arctic Cat. The total estimated loss was $26,000.
  • On April 4, Detectives from the Sheriff’s C.A.T.T.C.H. team received information that the stolen property was being kept at StorMax Self-Storage Facility in Dinuba. During a warrant, detectives found a 2008 Yamaha and a WR450 dirt bike, which was stolen in connection to this case. The recovery value was estimated at $1,700. The stolen property was returned to its rightful owner. Detectives also found another motorcycle and quad also reported stolen out of Fresno County. The owners of those vehicles were notified and given back their property. Detectives from TRATT also assisted with the investigation by recovering a stolen engine and transmission that were previously removed from a 2007 GMC out of Parlier.
  • On March 18, deputies met with employees from Sun West Fruit Company about a stolen forklift that was taken from their shop yard in Dinuba. The suspects got into the compound and drove away with the 1993 Toyota forklift worth $15,000. A damaged fence at the scene revealed the forklift had been driven away toward Avenue 376.
  • On April 4, detectives discovered the forklift had been taken to a tow company in 13000 block of South Elm Avenue in Caruthers. The next day, detectives contacted employees at the tow company who verified they had traded a vehicle and a motorcycle for the forklift. They led detectives to a nearby home in the 5200 block of West Saginaw where the stolen forklift was stored. The estimated recovery value was $15,000. Detectives also found a stolen transport trailer, which had been used to move the forklift. The trailer had been stolen from a location in Traver. The recovery value was listed at $10,000.
  • On April 5, Property Crimes Unit detectives connected several suspects to an address in Kingsburg, where they served a warrant at a home in the 5800 block of Avenue 376. At the house, detectives found more stolen property, including a large rollaway Craftsman toolbox and an oxygen and acetylene tank set. These items were found to be connected to other burglaries currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

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