Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Ag Task Force have arrested 31 year old Kishan Sangha of Del Rey.
He has been booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, carrying a concealed firearm, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. His bail is set at $133,500.
On November 7th, a man contacted Ag Task Force detectives to report seeing his stolen tractor posted for sale online. Detectives tracked down the person selling this tractor and determined they were actually a victim of fraud. This man told detectives they had met with Kishan Sangha and traded their vehicle and some cash to Sangha for his tractor.
Detectives posed as potential buyers and made an agreement with Sangha to meet and look at some other farm equipment he had for sale. Detectives met Sangha at a location on the 11000 block of S. East Ave. in Caruthers and took him into custody. During a search, detectives found Sangha to be in possession of a loaded gun. Various parts from other reported stolen vehicle were also found on the property.
The vehicle the fraud victim traded to Sangha was recovered. It was returned to the man. The stolen tractor was returned to its rightful owner.
Deputies have arrested Sangha numerous times in the past five years for tractor theft and other crimes. He was sentenced to extended stays in jail multiple times during that period.
Since farm equipment is not registered through the Department of Motor Vehicles, Ag Task Force detectives suggest registering property such as tractors with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives can issue an Owner Applied Number (OAN). It is a unique number that is stamped on an owner’s equipment and recorded into the National Crime Information Center’s directory. This database helps law enforcement determine the rightful owner of the marked property. This program is free of charge.