The Madera County Regional SWAT Team converged on a gated house on Big Sandy Drive off Road 417 in Coarsegold Tuesday morning with a search warrant for the residence of Daniel Lee Holt, 48.
Holt was not home when officers arrived at 8 a.m., but when contacted by officers by phone, he returned to his home where he was taken into custody without incident and booked into Madera County Jail on suspicion that he recently burglarized a Coarsegold home.
Holt remained in jail Wednesday morning on $50,000 bail for charges of burglary, grand theft, manufacture or possession of a controlled substance, a felon in possession of a firearm, and use of someone else’s personal identification to obtain credit, goods, or services.
His arrest Tuesday marks a criminal record including at least two felony convictions, according to court records. In 2007, Holt was convicted of felony vehicle theft and buying, possessing, or selling stolen property. In 2008, he was convicted of a misdemeanor for possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and in 2013, he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm.
Sheriff’s Cmdr. Tyson Pogue explained that the SWAT team was called out for only the second time this year. He said SWAT is often utilized when serving warrants, after looking at a number of cumulative factors including the fortification of a house and the suspect’s criminal history.
“We have to consider the totality of circumstances including fortifications, dogs, past criminal history, pending charges, past actions, the current investigation, prior contacts with law enforcement, equipment needed for the operation, and more,” Pogue said. “We then weigh those cumulative factors against the abilities of the unit or team. If those factors dictate that they may potentially be beyond the capabilities of a standard unit, then other options, including SWAT, are considered.
“The deputies and officers assigned to SWAT are some of the most highly trained and equipped personnel in the county,” Pogue continued. “Because these professionals are capable of working in such a wide spectrum of circumstances, they are able to accomplish high stress tasks with less risk to law enforcement personnel, community members, suspects, and dogs.”
The SWAT team is made up of officers from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and the Madera and Chowchilla police departments.