On August 8, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputies were called to the area of Avenue 24 and Road 144 in Earlimart for a carjacking. During the investigation, detectives discovered the victim had pulled over in the area of Highway 99 and Avenue 160 to tie down straps to the vehicle he was hauling, which was a black 1980 T-top Chevy Camaro with two doors and custom rims, license plate #8JAT767.
While the victim was on the side of the road, a car pulled over in front of him and four people got out and approached him. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and held him at gun point, while another fled the area with the victim’s truck. It’s described as a light gray 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 with black & chrome rims and license plate #8Z79007. The attached car trailer is a black dual axel flatbed trailer with a black metal tool box and a Summit Winch. The trailer’s license plate number is #4PV3957.
The victim was then ordered into the suspect’s vehicle, which he described as a 2007 white lifted four-door truck with off-road tires and brown camouflage seat covers. The suspects were last seen eastbound on Avenue 24 from Road 144, where they dropped off the victim in a remote area of the County.
In total, the victim’s estimated loss was $37,500. At this point, the identity of the suspects remains unknown and detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying them or finding any of the stolen property.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Javier Guerrero or Sergeant Larry Camacho at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office General Investigations Unit at (559) 802-9523, (559) 733-6218, (800) 808-0488 or the Tip Now Line at (559) 725-4194 and by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.