Mecca man arrested for metal thefts

String of thefts reported in East Valley

COACHELLA VALLEY - A man is in custody accused of stealing metal from farming communities in Thermal, Mecca and  Oasis.

Friday afternoon, while investigating the recent thefts, Riverside County Sheriff's deputies say they located a suspicious person on the 89500 block of Avenue 78, near Harrison St.  

Ramiro Valladares, 35, was arrested for felony vandalism, metal theft and possession of burglary tools.

Anyone with information regarding theft of metal and agricultural products is encouraged to contact local authorities. 

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