NORTH FORK — Two suspects are behind bars this evening after being arrested on charges of residential burglary and receiving/being in possession of stolen property.
On Jan. 7, at about 4:30 a.m., the Madera County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of someone stealing property from a garage on Manzanita Drive in the Bass Lake Heights area.
The resident reported that two individuals had backed a U-Haul up to their house, broke into the garage, and loaded up two of his kids’ dirt bikes and some tools.
The U-Haul and the two suspects were located in the area a short time later, at which time deputies asked to make a consensual search of the vehicle. That request was denied, and without evidence to hold them, the two suspects — David Green, 26; and Tama Lucas, 25 — were not detained; however, the U-Haul was.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for the vehicle based on their probable cause, and inside they found many of the items that had been reported as stolen.
For the next several days, deputies attempted to locate the two suspects, and today were successful during a vehicle stop on Road 200.
At about 9:30 a.m. this morning, North Fork resident Richard Keg spotted David Greene walking along Road 221 near the Bass Lake Minit Market. He called the sheriff’s dispatch to report Greene’s location.
At about noon, deputies located Green in a vehicle that was traveling on Road 200 in the North Fork area. He was arrested and transported to the Department of Corrections in Madera, where he was booked on charges of residential burglary and receiving stolen property.
A short time later, his alleged partner-in-crime Tama Lucas, was located at a residence in O’Neals, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She was taken into custody and booked into jail on the same charges.
Each is being held on a $50,000 bond.