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Kern County Sheriff’s Office make arrest in rural crimes investigation

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Posted at 5:12 PM, Apr 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-05 20:12:43-04

LAMONT, Calif. (KERO) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office reported an arrest after discovering several stolen cars in Lamont.

On March 31, detectives with the rural crime investigation unit were investigating a stolen car on Frontage Road.

During the investigation they found a stolen backhoe and water truck from different farms in Lamont. They also found a stolen travel trailer on the property.

They found Maximo Portillo as the suspect of the stolen cars.

Once the detectives contacted Portillo outside of Lamont, they found five more stolen cars in various stages of being dismantled.

Portillo was arrested for allegedly taking a vehicle without owner’s consent and grand theft of agriculture equipment.