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Posted on: April 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Carjacking, felony warrants, agricultural thefts



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Carjacking, felony warrants, agricultural thefts
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:April 07, 2020Time:8:00 PM
Incident Date:April 07, 2020Time:12:48 PM
Incident Location:Avenue 72 and Harrison Street, Thermal
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Sal Gonzales 
File Number(s):C200150013


On January 15, 2020, Thermal Station deputies responded to a report of a carjacking at gunpoint that occurred in the area of Harrison Street and Avenue 77th, in Thermal.  The Suspect fled the scene in the stolen utility truck.  The vehicle was located, an extensive search was conducted to locate the suspect, but the suspect evaded deputies.  Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team along with Agricultural Liaison Deputy Lorton, assumed the investigation and identified the suspect as Sosafat Garcia (29 years) from Thermal. 

On April 07, 2020, after weeks of investigation and follow-up on possible leads, deputies located Garcia walking in the area of Avenue 72 and Harrison Street, in Thermal.  Garcia was taken into custody without further incident with the help from the Coachella Community Action Team and the Coachella Valley Violent Gang Task Force.  Garcia has been linked to multiple agricultural thefts in the Southern Coachella Valley and was wanted for multiple felony warrants.     

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with additional information regarding this incident to contact Agricultural Liaison Deputy Lorton at Thermal Sheriff’s Station at (760) 863-8990.

Sosafat Garcia


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

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please visit our recruiting page or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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