Two Arrested in Connection to Oakhurst Sears Burglary, Vehicle Thefts
OAKHURST – Police arrested a man and woman they believe were responsible for stealing tools from a Sears Hometown Store in Oakhurst, a town east of Merced and north of Fresno.
Keith Lundy Stump, 22, of Oakhurst, and Cherise Agueros, 21, of Ahwahnee, the town just north of Oakhurst, were arrested on Monday. The pair was in a Honda that had been reported stolen in Fresno when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted them in Ahwahnee on Road 600 near Highway 49.
Stump and Agueros ditched the Honda, but authorities later found them at a home on Dillon Drive. It was then that officers discovered another vehicle – a 1992 GMC flatbed truck – that had been reported stolen Monday morning in Oakhurst.
Deputies with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office found tools that had been stolen from the Sears store inside the truck. They believe Stump stole more than $500 worth of tools from the store. He was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property. Agueros was arrested on charges of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.
Records show that Keith Stump has had several trips to the courthouse lately. In June he was arrested twice, for possession of a controlled substance and concentrated cannabis, and an outstanding warrant. In May he was charged with a probation violation, and in April for possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants, and probation violations. Several arrests go back to at least 2010, including DUI charges, driving with a suspended licence, and possession of drugs or paraphernalia.
In August of 2011, Stump was arrested on charges of battery on a spouse or co-habitant (domestic violence), threats of violence, unlawful intercourse with a minor, and DUI. No further details of that incident were available.
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CrimeVoice staff contributed to this report