BROWNS VALLEY (CBS13) – A second suspect has been identified after a brazen burglary was caught on surveillance camera in a small irrigation district in Yuba County.
Sean Allen Lange, 51, of Forbestown, is wanted by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department on several counts, including burglary, car theft, possession of stolen property, and possession of a gun and ammunition by a banned person, according to a press release.
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Following Hubert Townshend’s arrest on November 5 for possession of property stolen as part of the irrigation theft investigation, the investigation reportedly led detectives to the second suspect and another property location additional stolen from Forbestown.
In October, thieves broke in and left with a dump truck and a long list of tools, leaving the already small operation at a big stalemate.
Kelly McNally is the General Manager of the Browns Valley Irrigation District.
âThe community is definitely enraged by this theft and are taking it personally,â McNally said earlier this month.
Surveillance video shows thieves leaving with the district dump truck.
The crooks also took off with two trailers, three ATVs and a long list of tools, including chainsaws, pole saws and weed killers.
âRolled up these and all kicked off, tied them up,â McNally said. âThey didn’t even bring any ties. They used our tethers to take our own gear.
McNally says the two walked through a door into the property and likely plugged in the dump truck. They were on the property for about 45 minutes late at night.
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The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on November 15, where deputies say they saw a Ford F-150 and a white Polaris Ace on the property for some time. The truck would match the description of the suspicious vehicle seen in several recent property crime security videos, including the burglary in the Browns Valley Irrigation District.
The Polaris was also determined to be the one stolen from the site last month.
However, during the search, MPs said Lange fled on the Polaris and escaped capture. He is still wanted and the police ask anyone with information to contact them.
Rick Knoll is a taxpayer in the Browns Valley Irrigation District.
He will likely see his bill go up because of the crime.
âIt makes your blood boil,â Knoll said. âCatch them! [sic] All !
This small irrigation district, hit by a daring burglary, is forced to find a long list of new equipment.
âIt’s definitely tough,â McNally said. “The supply chain is going to be a barrier for us.”
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This dump truck had the Browns Valley Irrigation District logo on the doors. In total, the thieves took off with about $ 75,000 of equipment that will all need to be replaced.