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Lawnmower Tracks Leads to Other Stolen Items, Deputies Arrest One

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Are you missing some hand tools, a television or a lawnmower?

Deputies say those items and others were found inside the rooms of a southeast Fresno home.

Fresno County Sheriff Deputies say 25-year-old Charles Funch admitted to them, he ripped off the items.

Deputies say most of it stolen from Funch's own neighbors.

Victim Ishmael De Paz says, "When I woke up this morning at 6, I saw my gates wide open and my trailer was empty, all my lawnmowers, and weed whackers gone. I was heartbroken because this is how I make my living."

While waiting for deputies, De Paz, who lives less than a block away from Funch started looking for clues.

Near his trailer, he spotted footprints, and tracks left by his lawnmowers'.

They lead directly to Funch's home.

De Paz looked inside the car in the driveway and spotted his stolen stuff in the back seat.

He called Fresno County deputies.

Deputies say Funch ran out of the home and after a short chase, he was arrested.

Inside the home deputies say TV's, along with other electronics and lawn equipment were stacked in rooms.

Deputies say around Funch's neighborhood, there have been nearly half a dozen burglaries.

Now, investigators are trying to tie Funch to them.

Sgt Joe Smith with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department says, "There are people out there that don't want to pay for anything. They just want to take it for themselves. If it doesn't look right, people know their neighborhoods, give the sheriff's office a call and we'll come out there."

Deputies say some of the stuff looks so new, they may have been Christmas gifts.

Anyone whose recently had his or her stuff stolen and wants to describe the item. You can call the Fresno County Sheriff's office at (559) 488-3111.

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