Sheriff: Burglary report leads to Kerman indoor pot garden

The Fresno BeeJune 11, 2014 

A burglary report at a Kerman-area home Tuesday led to arrests of the alleged burglars and triggered a search for the home's owner, who is now wanted on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, Fresno County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies received calls about a burglary in the 500 block of North Shasta Avenue west of Kerman about 11 a.m. When they arrived the suspects were gone. Neighbors described the get-away vehicle, which was later spotted by Kerman police in the city limits, the sheriff's office said.

Kerman police found more than 170 marijuana plants, lighting equipment and 1 1/2 pounds of processed marijuana in the vehicle.

The two suspects, 19-year-old Christopher Leon and 21-year-old Isidro Yanez, both of Fresno, were arrested. They were booked in the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and drug charges, the sheriff's office said.

While investigating the burglary report, deputies found the house was set up as a marijuana cultivation site. There were still about 50 marijuana plants inside not far from toys and a baby crib.

The homeowner, 53-year-old Jana Julida Pavelich, was not home and is now being sought in connection to marijuana cultivation. Detectives said that her grandchildren, ages 3 and 4, often stay the night at the house.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call the sheriff's office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. Illegal drug activity can also be reported on the sheriff's office website at www.fresnosheriff.org.

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

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