Delano

Sheriff's unit announces arrests for stolen farm equipment

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Rural Crime Investigation Unit of the Kern County Sheriff's Office announced a pair of recent arrests.

The unit said Tuesday that Manuel Mendez Pantoja, of Arvin, was arrested on suspicion of stealing large water valves and large irrigation pipes last week from a farming operation in the area of Rancho Road and Valpredo Road.

In a separate news release, the unit said Michelle Terese Blaylock was arrested during a traffic stop last week in the Delano area. She was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen farm equipment, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information on these or similar crimes should call the Rural Crime Investigation Unit at (661) 392-4365.