HANFORD — The Rural Crime Task Force of the Kings County Sheriff’s Department had a busy month in February.
There had been six instances of theft, the task force said in a Facebook post on the Kings County Farm Bureau page. They were:
- Netto Ag had a Kubota utility vehicle stolen from its dairy on Everett Ave.
- A Hanford resident had a New Holland tractor stolen from his orchard near the intersection of Excelsior Avenue and 21st Avenue. The tractor was later recovered in early March with the help of the Fresno County's Rural Crime Task Force.
- Evangelho Seed and Farm Store and Stoney's Sand and Gravel had hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel stolen from their trucks and trap wagons on the same night. Both of the businesses have video surveillance of the suspect and suspect vehicle, but the suspect has not been identified or found. The task force does not want to give more information at this time.
- There was a trailer stolen from a yard located near the intersection of 16th and Jackson avenues.
- There was copper wire stolen from an electrician's business located in the 18000 block of Excelsior.
The Rural Task Force said it is currently investigating all of these thefts and have established suspects in some of these cases.
Kings County’s task force is currently working with the Fresno task force to find suspects and stolen property. Kings County’s task force will continue to work with all of the surrounding task forces to locate the suspects and stolen property.
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Rod Shulman, the task force supervisor, suggests that people with large agricultural equipment store their equipment in a place that is secure.
In February, the task force also recovered some stolen items, including:
- A stolen quad bike, which was returned to its owner, who also had a trailer stolen January from his fenced yard.
- A Kubota was recovered from a January theft.
The task force also investigated the theft of over 600 bee hives from the state of Texas. With the assistance of a local beekeeper, they located the stolen hives, which had been brought here and arrested a suspect on suspicion of larceny.
To contact the task force with information about any rural crime investigations, call 584-1431.