Location: Area of Ave 48 and Rd 176

Incident Date: 10-14-15

Incident Time: 1830

Case Number: 15-12920

Posted by: Media Relations

On October 14th 2015 at about 1823 hrs., the Tulare County Sheriff Aero Squadron advised Deputies of a suspicious vehicle leaving a grape vineyard in the area of Rd 176 and Ave 48. Deputies responded and observed the vehicle. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and upon further investigation it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle had stolen 11 boxes of grape bags. The suspect confessed to the theft and guided Deputies to the crime scene. The scene was processed and physical evidence was located. 

Martinez was arrested and booked at the Tulare County jail with a bail set at $20,000

The estimated value of the stolen and recovered property is $700.

The case is currently under active investigation. 

If anyone has additional information pertaining to this investigation or any other crime, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department encourages you to call (559) 733-6220, or you can remain anonymous by texting information to (559)725-4194 or online at to (559)725-4194 or online tcso@tipnow.com.


Suspect: Juan Martinez Ornelas

               48 years old from Delano