Authorities arrest suspected hay thief in Fresno

FRESNO, California - Authorities arrested a man over the weekend who they believe is a local hay thief, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

On Saturday morning an officer with the California Highway Patrol made a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet pickup truck at Walnut and Annadale avenues in Fresno. The officer recognized the truck from a Fresno Sheriff’s Office press release on social media and the local news.

He knew the vehicle and driver were possibly linked to a recent theft of hay bales. The officer detained the driver.

He was identified Jeff Fyfe, 44, of Kerman.

The officer requested a sheriff’s deputy to the scene to continue the investigation.

The officer and deputy matched several distinguishing features of the truck to ones shown in the pictures posted online, the Sheriff's Office said. Although Fyfe looked different from surveillance photos captured at the ranch, Fyfe admitted that he had stolen hay bales in the area.

Officers found Fyfe to be in possession of heroin and a needle, the Sheriff's Office said. The deputy arrested Fyfe on misdemeanor charges of petty theft, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Fresno County Jail and was released later in the day after posting bond.

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