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Grand theft of agricultural products

August 25, 2018

THERMAL, Calif – On Friday, August 24 at about 9:45 a.m., 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 Grapefruit Boulevard and Pierce Street. They located approximately 800 pounds of freshly picked lemons in the vehicle. The lemons had been stolen from a nearby farm.

Dionicio Fierros (age 69 of Los Angeles) was arrested and booked at the Indio Jail for theft of agricultural products. The lemons were confiscated.

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

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Deputy Arnoldo Iniguez at (760) 863-8990.

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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