Arbuckle hit by wave of thefts
Thefts in Arbuckle continue to plague the community.
Eight thefts have been reported to the Colusa County Sheriff's Department in the last month, including three in the last week, said Lt. Shane Maxey.
From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, there have been 42 burglaries, 55 larceny thefts and seven fraudulent use of credit cards or identity thefts reported in the Arbuckle area, according to Colusa County Sheriff's Department records.
In the last week, rural residents reported three thefts, including a firearm, farm equipment and household goods.
Residents also reported thefts recently, including household goods from a storage facility, a gas tank and a tool set taken out of a tool shed, a wallet taken out of an unattended purse at an office, a bicycle taken from in front of a home and a prescription reportedly taken from a dining room table, Maxey said.
The department received two reports of firearms stolen recently, one on Sept. 5 and the theft of a gun from a vehicle on Sept. 8.
Maxey said the community has been calling in suspicious activities, and he believes it helps.
"We've had several calls from people regarding suspicious vehicles or activity, and we check it out," Maxey said.
He said the tips allow the department investigate whether the activity is legitimate business or "if they're casing it out."
"I'd rather get a call of something suspicious in progress then hear about it three weeks later," Maxey said.
"You never know if you've prevented something by making the call," he said.
Maxey said some charges have been filed.
Ricky Singh Lasher, a Yuba City man, was arrested in early August with a stolen fuel wagon and was suspected to be connected to a series of fuel wagon thefts in Colusa County.
Colusa prosecutors filed felony theft charges against Lasher previously in July, according to Colusa County Superior Court records.
In March, deputies arrested two individuals in connection with Arbuckle burglaries.
Erica Rose Kucinskas, 27, of Arbuckle, and Nicholas Allen Madden, 26, of Dunnigan, were arrested in the 100 block of First Street in Arbuckle on suspicion of possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to Detective Sgt. Mark Troughton.
Kucinskas and Madden both pleaded guilty and were convicted of receiving stolen property, according to court records.
Madden was released on time served for 28 days on May 8.
Kucinskas was released with time served for 30 days on June 15, but served additional days due for another charge and was released on June 24, according to Colusa County Jail officials.