Man steals from Lindsay family while housesitting

Family friend from Oregon robs Lindsay family’s home while they’re attending an out-of-town funeral


LINDSAY – A man house-sitting for a Lindsay family stole thousands of dollars worth of items while they attended an out-of-town funeral. 

According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Tyler Watson had come from Oregon to care for their animals at the home in the 1800 Block of E. Fir in Lindsay while the family was away. When the family returned home on July 1, they discovered that most of their household items had been stolen, including appliances, tools, computers, and televisions.  

Detectives learned Watson had gone back to Oregon before the family got home. Throughout the investigation, ag detectives found a welder stolen from the home at a local pawn shop. Watson was identified as the seller of the item so detectives wrote several warrants for Watson’s internet and telephone accounts. During an extensive investigation, it was learned Watson sold many of the items to buyers he had contacted on a mobile marketplace apps. Buyers of the stolen items were identified and a large majority of the property was recovered.  Due to the buyer’s not knowing the items they had purchased were stolen, they were also listed as additional victims in the report.  The property was returned to the victimized family.

A warrant was issued for Tyler Watson for Burglary, Grand Theft, and Grand Theft of a Firearm. Ag detectives are currently working with law enforcement in Oregon to apprehend Watson.

Anyone with any information related to this case, should contact Detective Nicholson or Sergeant Camacho at 559-802-9401 or 800-808-0488. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow, email: or download the Tipnow app for android or apple phones.

Sheriff’s Log

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Around 4:30 p.m. in the 33000 block of Road 158 in Ivanhoe, deputies responded to a report of a robbery at a convenience store. The clerk told deputies that an armed man wearing a mask and dark clothes walked into the store, pulled out a shotgun and demanded money. The clerk handed over an undetermined amount of money and the suspect ran away. Shortly after that, at 4:59 p.m., deputies were called to the 38800 block of Monson Road in the community of Monson for another report of a robbery. When they arrived, the clerk told deputies that two men walked into the store with shotguns and demanded money. The men got away with an unknown amount of money, as well as property. No one was hurt in either of the robberies. Deputies received reports of a red, four-door vehicle seen at both robberies but were unsure if they were related as of press time. 

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang & Narcotic Enforcement Team) Units executed two search warrants in the South County, in regards to recent drug investigations. The two search warrants were executed in the 800 block of S. Foothill in Lindsay and the 16800 block of Avenue 168 in Woodville. While searching the homes, detectives found 48 marijuana plants, one firearm with ammunition, a high-capacity magazine for an assault-rifle, a little more than one pound of meth and one pound of processed marijuana. 

Arrested were Roberto Torres, 45, and Jose Diaz Garcia, 54. Torres was arrested for possession of meth for sales, cultivation of marijuana, maintaining a residence for drug sales, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. Garcia was also arrested for possession of meth for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, maintaining a residence for drug sales, felon in possession of ammunition and possession of a high-capacity magazine. Both Torres and Garcia were transported and booked at the Porterville Substation. 

Thursday, Aug. 9
At 7:30 a.m. in the 21200 block of Avenue 200 in Lindsay, deputies responded to a report of a burglary at West Forest Inc. Deputies were informed several buildings were broken into and several chainsaws, tools, and equipment were stolen. A 2008 Dodge pickup was also stolen from the property however was later identified as a burnt vehicle in the area of Springville Drive in Porterville. Deputies processed the area for evidence. Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Ag Crimes Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. 

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