Nearly half a dozen steel beams have been recovered, and the man who allegedly sold them to a recycling shop is behind bars.
Madera County deputies arrested the suspect, 42-year-old Daniel Keith McGrew of Madera, two hours after authorities were alerted to the theft, according to Erica Stuart, public information officer for the sheriff’s department.
McGrew reported his profession as masonry, Stuart said.
According to country records, Madera Irrigation District told authorities of the crime around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. A ditch tender reported at least four beams missing from a creek gate located in Cotton Creek just east of Road 25...