Stolen car found buried in southeast Fresno backyard

The Fresno BeeMay 31, 2014 

Fresno police found a buried stolen car and marijuana plants in a southeast Fresno backyard.

FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT — Special to The Bee

Two Fresno women were arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and auto theft when police found marijuana plants and a buried stolen car in their backyard in southeast Fresno.

Fresno police received a tip Friday about a stolen car and marijuana cultivation in the 4500 block of East Iowa Avenue. When officers went to the home, they saw marijuana plants in the backyard through an opening in the fence.

A resident let the officers search the backyard, where they found several marijuana plants growing. They also found an Acura Integra with many parts missing, police said.

Officers then found the frame of another vehicle buried behind the garage. Fresno Police Department's Career Criminal Auto Theft team, along with the California Highway Patrol, determined the car was stolen. The missing parts from the buried car were being used fix the parked Acura, police said.

Meanwhile, Siriphone Oumano, 32, and Sangdeoun Keonhothy, 24, were found parked in a car down the street from the house. Police determined they were the homeowners and arrested them.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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