Saturday, March 15, 2014 — According to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff’s office, a no-bail warrant has been issued for a Janesville man suspected in local ranch thefts and burglaries at the Janesville Chevron station and the Woodsmith.
Larry Stratton, 36, was not at a Cummings Road residence in Janesville where two people were arrested Friday, March 14 after officers served a search warrant seeking stolen property and drugs. Larry Stratton was last seen Thursday at the residence, and deputies suspect he may be in the Chester area.
Despite Larry Stratton’s absence, Janesville residents Jack Stratton, 56 and Karlene Clifton 52, were arrested at the scene. Jack Stratton was booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property, conspiracy, theft, possession of illegal drugs and possession of drugs for sale. His bail was set at $35,000. Clifton was booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of possession of illegal drugs and possession of drugs for sale. Her bail also was set at $35,000.
Deputies served the search warrant seeking evidence related to several thefts in the Janesville area. Three Janesville ranchers recently reported thefts of power wire and fuses from the power boxes at their well pumps. The wire and fuses are made of copper. According to the release, suspects typically cut and take as much wire as possible and/or the copper fuses. The stolen items are then taken to a recycler to be sold.
During the execution of the warrant deputies allegedly seized evidence showing a connection to the thefts as well as illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and evidence of drug sales.
Anyone with information about these cases or knowledge of Larry Stratton’s whereabouts can call the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 257-6121. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.