Location: 900 Block of West Teapot Dome, Porterville

Incident Date: 8-25-21

Incident Time: 1900HRS

City: Porterville

Posted by: Media Relations

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Owner of Stolen ATV Catches Thief on a JoyRide

Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, TCSO Deputies were called to the Chevron Gas Station on the 900 block of W. Teapot Dome Ave. in Porterville for a a stolen red Polaris ATV.


Shortly after reporting the theft, the victim saw a man driving an ATV that looked like his. The victim then followed the suspect to Wagon West Mobile Home Park on the 800

block of S. Indiana St. in Porterville. Deputies arrived at the mobile home park and saw the red Polaris ATV.


Deputies contacted the suspect, 55-year-old Charles Tucker, and confirmed that the ATV was stolen. Tucker was then arrested. Deputies also found a plastic bindle with meth on Tucker and confirmed he had a suspended license.


Tucker was taken to the South County Detention Facility, where he’s facing charges of Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Transportation of Methamphetamine and Driving on a Suspended Drivers License.


Anyone with information is urged to contact Deputy Raymond Vigil or Sgt. Scott O’Neill at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488, or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com.