COARSEGOLD – A burglary interrupted on Saturday, Mar. 29, is said to have exposed a career criminal whose penchant for stealing metal dates back at least three years.
According to the Madera County Sheriffs Office, Coarsegold resident Sean Michael Driscoll was caught pilfering metal from private property located off Highway 41 in Coarsegold. Driscoll, 37, was taken into custody Saturday night for grand theft.
He’s accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of heavy machinery, equipment and tools, and squirreling away his stash in various locations in Coarsegold.
Mountain deputies also say that a good chunk of what Driscoll stole, he purportedly scrapped at a recycling plant in Fresno. Boxes of receipts show he was selling the metal roughly twice a week, raking in anywhere between $4,000 and $6,000 a month.
In addition to the stolen property, deputies also seized thousands of dollars in cash, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Deputies are still compiling lists of stolen property Driscoll managed to amass over the years.
Just this morning the Sheriff’s Office reports that one of Driscoll’s victims used his own pickup truck to haul back at least nine truck-loads of his own property.
Deputies believe at least 10 grand theft cases have been cleared with this one arrest.
Sean Driscoll, who is on probation, remains jailed without bail.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective Neil Cuthbert at 559-642-3201, and refer to case #14-1523.