Originally published 3-15-20
by the Porterville Police Department
“On March 12, 2020, at approximately 9:21 A.M., officers with the Porterville Police Department responded to a Greg’s Express Car Wash, located at 1070 West Olive Avenue in Porterville, regarding an attempted burglary at the business.
Video surveillance depicted a Hispanic male adult, arriving at the business at 4:07 A.M. earlier that morning with a red fire extinguisher. The male used the fire extinguisher to attempt to force open a secured office door and faceplate to a coin acceptor; however, he was unsuccessful. These attempts caused an excess of over $400 in damages. After the video surveillance was reviewed, officers positively identified the male as Stephen Eredia.
On March 13, 2020 at 9:45 A.M. officers responded to the sub-100 block of South Kessing Street in Porterville where Eredia was contacted and arrested without incident. Eredia was booked at the South County Detention Facility where he is being held in lieu of $ 35,000.00 bail.”