Authorities say they have arrested a man in possession of horse tack stolen from a local junior rodeo.
Deputies showed up near W. Service and Jennings Roads out in rural West Modesto Tuesday after getting a report of a suspicious person in a truck, according to a release from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
Irvin Turpitt, a 53-year-old Modesto resident – and well-known career criminal – was confronted by the deputies, who say that he tried to run. But, Turpitt was almost immediately taken down.
The deputies soon found that Turpitt’s truck was, in fact, reported stolen. Illegal drugs were also found on Turpitt, but what got the deputies’ attention was what looked to be stolen horse tack.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Rural Crimes Task Force soon showed up to the scene as well. Being that there had been saddle and tack thefts in the Oakdale area recently, authorities connected the dots and linked Turpitt to the crimes.
In the span of two hours after stopping Turpitt, the victims of the thefts had identified their stolen items – all of which are used by children at local junior rodeos.
Turpitt was arrested and now faces felony charges of possession of stolen property, auto theft and possession of dangerous narcotics. He also had several warrants out for his arrest.