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Continued investigation & arrests into agricultural theft

September 1, 2017

THERMAL, Calif – On Wednesday, August 30, Riverside County Sheriff - Thermal Station deputies assigned to the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team continued their investigation into the recent agricultural thefts from the farming community of the Thermal, Oasis and Mecca area farms.

Today, deputies found a suspect vehicle related to agriculture theft traveling on the 86 Expressway near Avenue 66. District Team deputies conducted a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle and found over 400 pounds of freshly picked/stolen mangos. The mangos were identified as having been stolen earlier in the morning from a local farm.

Carlos Alvarado (age 25) and Maria Arciniega (age 59) both of Thermal, were arrested and booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for felony theft of agriculture. Additionally, Alvarado was arrested on an outstanding felony theft warrant with a bail of $100,000. 

Carlos Alvarado

Maria Arciniega

Over 400 pounds of freshly picked stolen mangos

Anyone with information regarding theft of agricultural products is encouraged to contact Deputy Iniguez at (760) 863-8483. Deputies assigned to the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team are working closely with the farming communities of Thermal, Oasis and Mecca to investigate and apprehend suspects related to agricultural theft.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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