A man suspected of a string of thefts costing farmers in three counties more than $125,000 is in custody after a wild pursuit through Kings and Kern counties, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.
The suspect was identified as Tim Ballin, 37.
A sheriff’s spokesman said rural crimes detectives received information from deputies in Kern and Tulare counties that Ballin was responsible for the thefts.
Ballin’s Chevrolet pickup was spotted June 6 at Road 36 and Avenue 224 in Tulare County and Kings County detectives tried to make a traffic stop. That led to a high-speed pursuit through Kings County and back into Tulare County that ended when Ballin drove through several fields and orchards near Terra Bella before he hit a metal pole and crashed.
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Ballin was arrested after a foot chase.
The spokesman said Ballin told officers the locations of a tractor, a brush shredder, a fuel tank and other farm equipment. He was booked into Kings County Jail on a $150,000 bail.