Mountain Area couple face felony charges

Two subjects in an ongoing theft and fraud case were jailed after sheriff deputies captured the pair Tuesday, Jan. 13, trying to sell a pair of stolen bicycles to the Yosemite Bike Shop in Oakhurst.

According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, James Cutter Randrup, 27, of Coarsegold (aka Cutter James Randrup) and Kara Nicole Raynor, 29, of Ahwahnee, face numerous felony charges, including vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and fraud. Randrup also faces narcotic charges.

Deputies received a tip that Randrup tried to sell two stolen bikes to the bike shop, and was inside the shop when deputies arrived on scene. Raynor was sitting in their vehicle – a pickup which was later discovered to be stolen out of Fresno.

“When he came in, he looked like he was on drugs,” bike shop general manager Tim Marshall said. “He wasn’t acting normal and wanted cash - he didn’t care how much. Both the bikes he was trying to sell were brand new, with stickers from an Oregon bike shop.”

Marshall said he contacted the Oregon bike shop, and was told that three bikes had been stolen and that the business was working with the sheriff’s department on the case. It was later discovered that a bike, also from Oregon, bought the previous week by the store’s owner, Rick Garner, was sold by a friend of Randrup. Marshall called the sheriff’s department, who arrived quickly and found drug paraphernalia on Randrup, The bike Garner had purchased turned out to be the third stolen bike.

The couple was booked into Madera County Department of Corrections, with bail set at $35,000 each.

- Staff report