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Two arrested for stealing over $7,000 worth of produce from a Lamont farm


Two men were arrested after authorities located a stolen truck filled with produce stolen from a Lamont farm. Photo provided by the Kern County Sheriff Office.{ }
Two men were arrested after authorities located a stolen truck filled with produce stolen from a Lamont farm. Photo provided by the Kern County Sheriff Office.
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Two men have been arrested after investigators found two stolen vehicles with one being filled with stolen bins and produce from a Lamont farm.

On Jan. 6, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit found a vehicle containing stolen produce in the 100 block of Clifton Street in Bakersfield.

Several stolen commercial produce bins were found at the property. Detectives determined the produce was stolen from farmland in the Lamont area.

Detectives with assistance from the Bakersfield Police Department recovered two stolen vehicles nearby in the 1400 block of Wilkins Street. One stolen vehicle was loaded with stolen produce from the same farm.

The estimated total value of the stolen produce and bins was over $7,000.

Detectives arrested Robert Menchaca, age 29, for felony theft-related charges and three outstanding felony warrants.

Francisco Orozco, age 32, was arrested for various felony theft-related charges.

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Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at (661) 392-6071 or (661) 861-3110.

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