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Grand theft of agricultural products

May 26, 2018

THERMAL, Calif – On Wednesday, May 23 at about 3:45 in the afternoon, Riverside County Sheriff - Thermal Station Deputies, assigned to the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team, continued their investigation into recent agricultural thefts from the farming communities of Thermal, Mecca and Oasis.

District Deputies conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Avenue 70 and Pierce Street, in the unincorporated community of Thermal. They located approximately 800 pounds of Spaghetti Squash in the vehicle driven by Jose Castellanos (age 55 of Thermal).

The squash had been stolen from a nearby farm. Castellanos was arrested and booked at the Indio Jail for theft of agricultural products and the squash was confiscated.

The deputies are continuing their investigation into reports of recent agricultural thefts in the area.

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

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