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Two men arrested for agricultural theft

August 23, 2017

THERMAL, Calif – On Tuesday, August 22, Riverside County Sheriff - Thermal Station deputies assigned to the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team were investigating a recent increase in agricultural thefts from the farming community of the Thermal and Mecca area farms. Their subsequent investigation led them to a date crop near Avenue 66 and Martinez Road.

District Team deputies apprehended two suspects who were in the process of cutting and removing Barhi dates from several trees. Marco Basilio (age 24) and Noe Moreno (age 34) both of Thermal, were arrested and booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for felony theft of agriculture.

Marco Basilio

Noe Moreno

Anyone with information regarding theft of agricultural products is encouraged to contact Deputy Iniguez at (760) 863-8483.

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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