Alleged fuel, appliance thief jailed

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man who Kern County deputies said is responsible for stealing diesel fuel and new appliances from constructions sites in the Rosedale area has been arrested.

The Rural Crimes Investigation Unit served a search warrant at 21447 Kratzmeyer Road on Friday. A spokesman said that led to the arrest of 38-year-old William Crunk and the retrieval of stolen property.

In addition to stolen property, investigators said they found guns and ammunition, as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia in both Crunk's residence and vehicle.

Crunk has a previous felony conviction, which prohibits him from owning or having access to firearms or ammunition, according to the sheriff's office. Investigators also said Crunk was out on bail for a previous arrest.

A search of Kern County public records showed Crunk has been in and out of prison for theft-related crimes since at least 2002. In 2001, he was jailed for 45 days on a misdemeanor conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm within 10 years of the conviction. In March 2008, Crunk was sentenced to four years in state prison for grand theft.