Location: Ave 216/Rd 180, Porterville

Incident Date: 6/7/17

Incident Time: 1623 hours

Case Number: 17-05592

Victim: Fisher Bros Farming

City: Porterville

Posted by: Dispatch

Grand Theft

Over the past month, Tulare County Ag Crimes Detectives have worked alongside Investigators from Kings and Kern Counties in a joint effort to develop leads and locate evidence regarding several recent thefts in all three counties.

Approximately one week ago, Detectives developed information that led to the above listed suspect. Upon learning of his involvement, Detectives began conducting surveillance, providing numerous locations where large pieces of farm equipment and tractors were being kept.

Ultimately, Detectives were able to locate over $120,000 worth of stolen property from all three counties including a Domries disc recently stolen from the above listed victim. As a result of evidence and investigation, Timothy Ballin was taken into custody and is expected to face felony theft charges in all three counties.


 Detectives and investigators would like to thank the public for their information and cooperation during this investigation. Because of the outstanding working relationships between investigators from the aforementioned County Law Enforcement Agencies and the Agriculture partners within Tulare County, this case was a success.     


Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective R. Gunderman or Sgt. Chad Rhyman with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (559) 735-1898. They can also call 24 hours a day at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously, by accessing the TipNow page at tcso@tipnow.com.