Caught Red-Handed: TCSO Detectives Use SmartWater Technology to Bust Ag Thief

Location: 14300 Block of Ave 384, Cutler

Incident Date: 08-26-18

Case Number: 18-9717

City: Cutler

Posted by: Media Relations

Caught Red-Handed: TCSO Detectives Use SmartWater Technology to Bust Ag Thief

Another SmartWater CSI arrest for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Ag Crimes Unit and the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations Unit.

TCSO Ag Crimes Detectives and TCDA Investigators worked together in an ongoing investigation of recent battery thefts, from local farmers in the northern Visalia area. Units placed SmartWater CSI equipment in the area of 368 and Rd 124.

On August 26th at approximately 11:30 p.m., units received information the equipment had been stolen. Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 14300 Block of Ave 384 in Cutler and contacted the suspect, later identified as Everardo Sarmiento.

The equipment was later found in a stolen vehicle from the Visalia area. Deputies also found additional stolen property from a recent unrelated burglary.

Detectives also found SmartWater on the suspect’s hands and on the equipment. The suspect was later arrested and booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility for PC487 (Grand Theft) and PC496 (Possession of Stolen Property) and VC10851 (Stolen Vehicle).

     

Anyone with information regarding the stolen items, the identity of the suspect(s) and/or their possible whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Ag Crimes Unit at (559) 802-9563 or 24 hours (559) 733-6218, (800) 808-0488, Tip Now Line: (559) 725-4194, Or by text or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com