Lindsay woman with an active bail reported that a car registered to someone else was stolen from her house


LINDSAY – If you have a warrant for your arrest, you might want to think twice about calling the police. But that didn’t stop a Lindsay woman from reporting that a car, registered to someone else, was stolen from her house!

At 9:37 a.m. on April 6, 39-year-old Graciela Munoz called the Lindsay Police Department to report that someone had stolen her 1999 Toyota Camry from outside her home in the 300 block of North Ashland Avenue. When officers arrived, Munoz admitted she was not the registered owner of the vehicle but was in the process of purchasing it. Officers then asked Munoz to call the owner so they could properly fill out the police report. 

They also found that Munoz had an active bail on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was taken into custody without incident and later transported and booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility. 

Lindsay Police Log

Friday, April 6
At 5:43 a.m. at the Bank of American branch, 215 N. Elmwood Ave., an officer responded to a report of a suspicious male pulling on the doors and tampering with the ATM machines. The officer contacted Jose Oscar Lemus who was attempting to use the ATM machine in the drive thru while being intoxicated and in possession of drug paraphernalia. Lemus was arrested and booked at the Porterville Sub-Station.

At 7:53 p.m. at Parkside Avenue and Hickory Street, an officer pulled over a black 2006 Chrysler 300. The driver, 29-year-old Mike Manzo of Lindsay was found to be operating a motor vehicle on a suspended/revoked license and not having a required Ignition Interlock Device.  Manzo was placed in custody and later cited and released at the scene on his written promise to appear in court. The vehicle was released to the registered owner.

At 11:59 p.m. at Honolulu Street and Locke Avenue, an officer pulled over a silver 2010 GMC Sierra pickup. The driver, 38-year-old Maria Lemuz of Farmersville, was determined to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.  LEMUZ was arrested and transported to the Lindsay PD for processing. She provided two breathalyzer samples of .19, more than twice the legal limit. Lemuz was later cited and released to a responsible party.

Saturday, April 7
At 6:47 p.m. in the 500 block of South Mirage Avenue, an officer observed Carlos Rangel, 19, of Lindsay, standing in the southeast corner of a business. When the officer attempted to make contact, Rangel, who had four outstanding warrants with a combined bail of $240,000, ran from the officer and began jumping fences. The officer chased Rangel and ordered him to stop several times until the officer deployed his taser and took Rangel into custody. Rangel was transported to the PD for processing and later housed at the Porterville Sub after being cleared at Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville. 

At 3:37 a.m. at Westwood Avenue and Kern Street, an officer pulled over a white 2005 Nissan Sentra. The driver, 21-year-old Constantino Rodriguez, was determined to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the Lindsay PD for processing where he provided breathalyzer samples of .24 and .26, more than three times the legal limit. Rodriguez was later booked at the Porterville Sub-Station. 

Sunday, April 8
At 2:41 p.m. at Auto Zone, 230 N. Highway 65, an officer pulled over a black 2014 Dodge Challenger that was reported stolen out of the City of Porterville. Five juveniles were found in the stolen car and they were arrested without incident. The Challenger was towed and stored by Sequoia Tow. Three juveniles were transported and booked into Juvenile Detention Facility and two juveniles were released to their parents. 

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