North Fork man caught trying to bury stolen car

Shane Anthony Shaffer, 35, of North Fork, was jailed after being accused of trying to bury a stolen car.

He was taken into custody Sunday, July 28 after authorities received a tip at around 12:30 p.m. The anonymous caller stated subjects at a residence on Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork were trying to bury a stolen car.

When Deputy Jeff Noland arrived on scene he saw a dozer and a car that had been stripped — tires gone, door panels missing, and parts of the vehicle’s dash board were removed.

Upon inspection, Noland discovered the car, a 2013 silver four-door Ford Focus, had been reported stolen out of Tulsa, Okla.

Shaffer, who claims the car was left on his property by a friend, was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections for possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $10,000.