Crime blotter 3/8/13
Information below is provided to The Recorder by the Porterville Police Department. It is noted that only arrests are reported and the suspects have not been found guilty of any crime.
Friday, March 8
Stolen License Plate
A license plate was stolen from a 2003 Ford Windstar van parked in the Pet Smart parking lot.
Bobby Joe Thomas, 40, was contacted at the Palm Tree Inn at the request of Parole services. Thomas had a federal probation warrant issued for his arrest. Thomas was arrested on the confirmed charges without incident and he was booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.
Stolen Vehicle and Later Recovered
A citizen reported his gold 1985 Honda Accord was stolen from the 200 block of East Mountain View Avenue. The vehicle was recovered at 333 N. Indiana St. in a parking stall.
Alfredo Castillo was arrested regarding four Tulare County misdemeanor arrest warrants. He was cited to appear and released.
Recovered Stolen Vehicle
Officers were in the area of Morton Hill and Morton Avenue in regard to trespassers in a white pickup parked in a field. Just prior to officer’s arrival, the occupants left on foot and the vehicle was discovered to be reported to be stolen earlier. No suspects were located and the vehicle was towed.
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Officers conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver, Steven Urbano, who had a suspended driver’s license. During further investigation, methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle. Urbano was arrested and booked at PPD.
Domestic Violence / Violation of Court Order / Out of County Warrant Arrest
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of West Putnam Avenue in regards to a disturbance. The victim reported that the father of her child, Martin Rodriguez, entered the residence through a window and was causing a disturbance. A restraining order was located protecting the victim from Rodriguez. While Officers were en route to the residence, Rodriguez left in a white Chevy pickup which was located eastbound on Olive Avenue. Rodriguez was detained. Officers interviewed the victim who stated after Rodriguez entered through a window, he punched her on the face causing visible injury and strangled her. Rodriguez was arrested and booked at the substation.
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