A man allegedly attempting to sell a stolen forklift sped away from deputies and was chased from southeast Fresno to Clovis before his vehicle broke down Wednesday afternoon and he was arrested, said Tony Botti, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives said they learned that Kishsan Sangha, 27, of Del Rey, was attempting to sell a stolen forklift to a previous buyer he met through a Craigslist posting online. Detectives worked with the potential buyer to set up a meeting with Sangha so they could respond and investigate.
As Sangha approached the meeting location, detectives tried to pull him over near Highway 180 and Fowler Avenue. Sangha sped away in his pickup and a chase ensued. Detectives said Sangha’s truck reached speeds of about 70 mph, and at one point he crossed over a concrete median and drove into oncoming traffic. He sideswiped the mirror of a passing pickup, but detectives said that driver was not injured.
The chase finally came to an end at Fowler and San Gabriel avenues in Clovis when his pickup broke down. He surrendered and was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, evading a peace officer and a probation violation. Sangha was treated for a minor cut on his hand before he was jailed.
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“Kishsan is a known drug user who unfortunately preys on the agricultural community,” said Sgt. Ryan Hushaw with the sheriff’s Ag Task Force. “He steals metal, vehicles, trailers, tractors and that’s all basically to support his drug habit.”
Hushaw also issued a warning to ag equipment buyers: “If someone is trying to sell a $20,000 forklift for $2,000 or $3,000 and it looks like it’s in great shape, that’s probably a red flag.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information about Sangha to contact the sheriff’s office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).