The Sutter County Sheriff's Office seeks the public's help in identifying a large amount of metal believed to have been stolen from various farms in surrounding counties.
On Thursday, deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress in the 3100 block of Tierra Buena Road. They arrived to find a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl getting into a maroon Ford F150 extended cab pickup, which was parked on the shoulder of the roadway.
The homeowner told deputies that the two were inside her camp trailer, removing property, when she arrived at her residence. When the homeowner called 911, the two suspects ran from the trailer toward their pickup. As the girl ran, she threw her purse into nearby bushes. The purse was found to contain drug paraphernalia, marijuana and prescription medication, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
Officials said the bed of the pickup contained a large amount of metal, which was piled up over the cab. Deputies believe the metal had been stolen, and they impounded it along with the vehicle.
The man, identified as Alejandro Canchola-Trejo of Williams, was booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of conspiracy and burglary. Bail was set at $15,000. His teenage companion was booked into Juvenile Hall.
Detectives continue to investigate the incident and are working to identify the property. Anyone with information about the burglary or the metal that was confiscated is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (530) 822-7307, or respond via "Leave a Tip" on the Sheriff's Office website at www.suttersheriff.org.