OAKHURST – A Jeep CJ-7 stolen from the McDonald’s parking lot on Monday has been recovered by the California Highway Patrol.
James Ghent, 22, of Oakhurst, was taken into custody this morning after a neighbor called and said the Jeep parked next door looked suspiciously like the one that had been reported missing.
When officers responded to the location about a mile south of Oakhurst on Highway 41, they discovered another vehicle on the property, which had been reported stolen out of Fresno.
During their investigation they also learned that Ghent had an outstanding warrant, and found other items of stolen property at the residence. Officers arrested Ghent on the active warrant, plus two counts for the stolen vehicles, three counts of possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
“We want to thank everyone for keeping an eye out, and for calling in your information,” says CHP officer Scott Gentry. “The efforts by the community are greatly appreciated.”