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Sheriff Seeks Public's Help Finding Thieves

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who took part in a brazen weekend burglary that left a Madera Ranchos homeowner injured.

At around 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, a white colored 4-door SUV, judged to be either Chevy Suburban or Ford Escape, entered the property of a home on Kensington Drive, located roughly a mile west of Road 36 ½.

The homeowner was in his shed at the time, and did not hear the SUV pull in, according to the Sheriff’s Office..

As he exited his shed, the homeowner told deputies he saw a man walking out of his garage with his air compressor. He shouted at the stranger, who ran to the SUV, still carrying the victim’s property.

The homeowner chased after him and made it to the driver’s side of the vehicle, where he says he reached in the window and grabbed the driver in an attempt to keep the pair from leaving.

Instead, the driver accelerated, with the homeowner still holding on, dragging him about 10 feet before he lost his grip and fell to the ground.

The victim, who is 64 years old, was hurt but not seriously injured.

Meantime, the SUV continued on at a high rate of speed, fleeing the scene by slamming through the homeowner’s backyard fence.

The two suspects, driver and passenger, are both described as white males, in their mid 20s to early 30s.

Anyone who may have information is urged to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770 or CRIME STOPPERS at 559-498-STOP.

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