A North Fork teenager was arrested last week for allegedly attempting to sell stolen property from five evacuated homes ransacked in Cascadel Woods during the Willow Fire.
Alexander Matthew James, 19, is not the only suspect the Madera County Sheriff’s Office believes to be in relation with the burglaries, and detectives expect to make further arrests in the near future.
Lt. Bill Ward of the sheriff’s office said James was arrested Thursday, Aug. 6 after he was caught trying to sell some of the items allegedly stolen from homes on Vista Drive, including a Sony Playstation 3 console and games, as well as a Buck knife.
Ward said the burglary investigation is ongoing, and he would not confirm whether James participated in robbing the homes, but he was “definitely” caught selling stolen goods.
Some homes suffered broken windows, stolen piggy banks, and even a Bowie knife stabbed into a dresser as what homeowners called a sort of intimidation tactic.
Sheriff Jay Varney called the burglaries “disgusting” and promised his office will hunt down anyone affiliated with the crimes.
James was booked into Madera County Jail Thursday on a possession of stolen property charge, then cited and released as it was a nonviolent misdemeanor, Department of Corrections Director Manuel Perez said. The investigation is ongoing, so no further details were released.
Ward said no drugs or alcohol were involved in the arrest.
Details: Madera County Sheriff’s Office (559) 675-7770.