3/17/17 - Friday afternoon, detectives with the Fresno County Ag Task Force recovered the stolen Power Screen 620 Trommel.
Shortly after the news release went out, a tipster notified our department of its whereabouts. Specific details of where it was found will not be released, but we can say it was located approximately 15 miles away from where it was originally stolen. Detectives also found a stump grinder, valued at $100,000, at this location which belonged to the owner of the trommel. The owner was contacted and made arrangements to collect both pieces of equipment, which are worth a total of $230,000.
3/17/17 - Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Ag Task Force need the public’s help to locate a large piece of farm equipment that was recently stolen.
On March 13th, 2017, a 1997 blue colored Power Screen 620 Trommel was taken from a field in the area of Herndon and Rolinda Avenues in Fresno. Detectives have located the truck used to steal it, but this trailered piece of equipment remains missing. This trommel is a piece of machinery which uses a rotary screen to separate materials. It’s commonly used to sift dirt and rocks out of mulch to create a cleaner product. This equipment is valued at $130,000.
An act of vandalism in the past has made this particular trommel even more recognizable. Vandals crossed out the number "6" on the 620 number displayed on the side and replaced it with a white "4” to make it read "420." Law enforcement agencies across the state of California have been notified to be on the lookout.