James Wilson and Bryan Landreth were arrested June 18 after Wonderful Citrus Company security staff were called to the area of Old River Road and Highway 166 after motion detectors alerted them to activity in the area. It is believed that the 2 were there to steal copper.
Once security staff arrived they confronted Wilson and Landreth. After that the 2 suspects tried to drive away. Wilson rammed the security vehicle, leaving his vehicle inoperable. The security staff then detained the 2 men until deputies arrived.
Wonderful citrus company estimates the damage at approximately $5,000. Meanwhile Kern county sheriff’s investigators believe that the 2 men maybe responsible for over $100,000 worth of theft and damages over the past year due to the similarities of the crime to others that have taken place in the area over the past year.
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Both Wilson and Landreth pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy charges. Wilson is being held on $20,000 bail. Landreth was also found to be wanted on a parole arrest warrant, and his bail was set at $50,000.