Goat Thefts on the Rise in Fresno County

A string of goat thefts has some Fresno County residents on edge. A total of 62 goats values at $27,000 have been stolen from several properties in two months.

The County Sheriff’s Ag Task Force is investigating the matter. Officials believe the thefts are occurring at night but so far don’t have any solid leads.

According to a media release from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office:

“One of the most notable cases of this series occurred during the night of Thursday, March 7th.  Members of the Kingsburg 4-H club had 11 of their goats stolen from a pasture located on the 4200 block of S. Fruit Avenue in Fresno.  The following weekend, the owners were able to safely recover four of their goats, which were found roaming on a roadway in Selma between Highways 41 and 43.  The owners are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the safe return of their remaining seven goats.”

Anyone with information on these cases of goat theft is ask to contact the Ag Task Force at (559) 600-8150, Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org  You will remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.