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Tires stolen in city; Suspect apprehended at MID

For The Madera Tribune

Madera Police officers are responding to an increase of thefts regarding vehicle tires and rims throughout the city of Madera. Authorities encourage the public to call the department regarding suspicious activities.


Madera Police officers are responding to an increase of thefts regarding vehicle tires and rims throughout the city of Madera.

Occurrences are happening during hours of darkness, both to vehicles parked on the street, in driveways, and in parking lots. Primarily, the vehicles being targeted are newer modeled Toyota and Honda sedans, specifically Corollas and Civics.

The Madera Police Department strives every day to provide the very best law enforcement services to our citizens and continue to work diligently toward following up on all leads, canvassing neighborhoods for any and all evidence, and using undercover surveillance operations.

The unknown suspect(s) are possibly using multiple vehicles, working as a team, and more than likely including an enclosed box truck type vehicle.

We ask the public to assist us by incorporating a few simple strategies:

• Check your vehicles before going to bed. Make sure they are properly locked and secured, and if equipped, have the security system turned on.

• Park in a garage or secure area if possible. If not feasible, use well-lit areas like driveways and streetlights.

• Do not disregard noises during the night. If you hear or see something suspicious immediately call Madera Police Department at 675-4220.

• If checked recently, report any possible security camera video or leads to the Madera Police Department.

• Additional information can be directed to the MPD Detective Unit.

As always remember your tips and information can be anonymous.

1 arrested at irrigation district

Madera Police Officers were dispatched to the Madera Irrigation District facility regarding subjects cutting the fence and entering the property.

An MID employee monitoring the surveillance cameras noticed the suspects park a white van in a nearby orchard had cut the chain link fence and entered the facility at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers arrived and observed two subjects fleeing the property toward the van in the orchard. Gustavo Galvan, 31, of Fresno, was captured next to the van. The van was later found to be a stolen vehicle from Fresno.

Inside the van, Sawzall’s and saw blades were located. Inside the facility, officers discovered the suspects had cut five catalytic converters from MID trucks and were left on the ground near the trucks when they observed officers arrive on scene. They had also started to cut the catalytic converters off on two other trucks.

“We were happy to prevent the loss of expensive property to the MID fleet,” said the police department in a statement.

Gustavo was booked at Madera County Jail on numerous charges.



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