Police make first illegal fireworks arrest of season

Parolee caught with stolen car, illegal fireworks at his home

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Ton Fow Saepharn 34 years old

Ton Fow Saepharn
34 years old

VISALIA – The first day legal fireworks could be purchased in Visalia also marked the first illegal fireworks of this Fourth of July season. 

At 5:05 p.m. on June 29, officers with the Visalia Police Department’s anti-gang unit spotted a stolen vehicle in the front yard of 34-year-old Ton Fow Saepharn’s home in the 1900 block of E. Houston Avenue. Officers searched the home and located additional evidence linking the parolee to the stolen vehicle and illegal fireworks. He was arrested without incident. The stolen vehicle was returned to the registered owner. Saepharn was booked at the Tulare County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and a parole violation.


Visalia Police Log

Wednesday, June 27
At 12:20 p.m. at Food 4 Less, 2025 N. Dinuba Blvd., patrol officers were dispatched to a robbery which had just occurred. A witness told officers that an adult male, later identified as 55-year-old David Espirito, attempted to steal items from the business when he was confronted by store employees. Espirito produced a knife and fled on foot with the stolen items. Officers located Espirito who was positively identified by an employee as the one responsible for the crime. The stolen property was located in the area where Espirito was arrested. Espirito was booked into the Tulare County Pre Trial facility for robbery.

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