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Press Release: Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Grand Theft Agriculture Equipment, Evading, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Committing a Felony while out on Bail
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: January 8, 2020 Time: 8:55 AM
Incident Date: January 6, 2020 Time: 7:11 PM
Incident Location: 92500 block of Avenue 68, Unincorporated area of Mecca
Reporting Officer: Deputy Phillip Lorton
File Number(s): C200060020 & C200070020


Adrian Barajas

On Monday, January 6, 2020, at 7:11 PM, a deputy assigned as the Thermal Station Agriculture Liaison located a green 1997 Dodge Ram being driven by Adrian Barajas, 30-years-old of Thermal, in the area of Avenue 64 and Pierce Street. The deputy attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle failed to yield and continued onto a dirt road. The deputy located the vehicle with Barajas attempting to flee over a fence. Subsequently, Barajas was detained. A search of the vehicle revealed stolen forklift and windmill machine equipment in the bed of the truck. Barajas was out on bail on three felony theft cases spanning across San Diego and Riverside County.

Investigation revealed Barajas had stolen a forklift, removed parts, also he removed components from a windmill machine from a nearby ranch. Barajas was booked at the Indio Jail and a bail enhancement of was obtained.

This investigation is on-going and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Agriculture Liaison Deputy Lorton at (760)863-8990.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.


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