Madera County Sheriff’s Office
Some of the paintings that were recovered by Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputies after they were reported stolen from a moving van.
A well known artist, author and explorer from New Mexico, 93-year-old Helen Schreider, has experienced the recovery of almost a truckload of items that were stolen from her during a move from New Mexico to the Bay Area, thanks to the vigilance of Coarsegold citizens and the efforts of Madera County Sheriff’s deputies.
The story began on July 20 when Schreider reported that a van being used for the move had been stolen from a hotel in Fresno.
On, July 21, Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputies received an anonymous tip from someone who had seen what was believed to be a large amount of stolen property, including a moving van, in Coarsegold.
The moving truck in question was located and recovered in Yosemite Lakes Park on that day, but most of the contents of the moving truck had been removed by that time.
On July 22, following the anonymous tip, Corporal Ian Weaver and Deputy Michael Fullheart went to a residence in the 39000 block of Lilley Way. In plain view, in the driveway of the property were approximately 40 paintings, along with boxes of personal items, photographs, and furniture, according to Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kayla Serratto.
The name on papers and other property matched the name of the victim in the moving truck theft.
Madera County sheriff’s detectives collected and stored all of the recovered property and were working in cooperation with Fresno police detectives toward the apprehension of suspects in the case.