Fallbrook deputies arrest man and woman for felony theft of fruit

Authorities with the Fallbrook Sheriff’s substation reported that deputies arrested a man and woman today (Wed. May 28) on felony charges relating the theft of fruit.

According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Pucillo, deputies responded to a call shortly after 10:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Foxfire Lane in Fallbrook after ” a grove management company called the Sheriff’s Department to report the theft of approximately $500 in fruit, mainly Navel and Valencia oranges.”

Pucillo said workers at the location “had observed an adult male Hispanic and an adult female Hispanic loading a pick-up truck with boxes of fruit from the grove.” When the couple was confronted, they fled the scene in a pickup driven by the female.

“A witness was able to obtain the vehicle license plate,” said Pucillo.

“At about noon, deputies went to the address of the registered owner, in the 200 block of Ammunition Road in Fallbrook,” he said.

The deputies made contact with the female driver of the truck, who has been identified as Mayra Mocedo, 23.

“She initially told deputies the male was not with her in the residence,” said Pucillo. “Mocedo consented to a search of the residence and deputies located the male, identified as 49-year-old Joel Mendoza, hiding in a rear bedroom.”

When questioned, both Mocedo and Mendoza denied stealing the fruit, Pucillo said.

At shortly after 2 p.m., “420 pounds of the fruit was recovered from an address in the 400 Block of West Dougherty Street in Fallbrook,” said Pucillo. “The recovered fruit had a retail value of about $420 and it was returned to the victim.

According to Pucillo, Mocedo and Mendoza were both booked into the Vista Jail on the charge of 487 (1)(A) PC Grand Theft (Fruit).

Detectives with the Fallbrook substation are still conducting an investigation into the case.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest if they call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

13 Responses to "Fallbrook deputies arrest man and woman for felony theft of fruit"

  1. Ex Resident   May 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    This is one more reason we left little Tijuana. I’m glad they were caught but they are only two of thousands of criminals stealing from hard working residents who have high water bills and tax payments. Will this ever end? I’m sad that southern ca gas become an annex of Mexico.

  2. Native San Diegan   May 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Wow #1. it’s funny to me how some people can stereo-type a race as a whole based on a small percentage of wrong-doers. Before Manifest Destiny, and the Mexican-American War, this was Mexico. They have as much right to live here or anywhere they want without small-minded people like you looking down your nose at them. Who do you think the agriculturists pay to work those crops? I would love to see what would happen if all the Mexicans decided they had enough and moved on..

  3. California Justice is a Joke   May 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

    All you people that have signed this petition http://www.sos.ca.gov/admin/press-releases/2014/db14-023.htm need to know that if this goes into law, these people in this case and similar cases will no longer be charged with a felony. Additionally, previously convicted felons will be released from prison and their felony conviction records expunged.

    The California politicians want to release more prisoners and they will do it by fooling the voters into thinking this is a tough on crime measure. I hope the voters are smarter than that.

    Wake up people. We need to get tough on crime again. Our lives and our children lives depend on it.

  4. kma   May 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

    And was this fruit to be sold at the road side "stands" we all pass w/those signs: 20 avos/$5? Or was it to be sold out of the back of trucks in low income neighborhoods? WHAT does become of ALL the stolen produce that is NOT recovered?

  5. Fallbrook Resident   May 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

    They are people from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Chile, and a lot of other different countries. Just because they have black hair they said Mexicans. I think Hispanic is more appropriate. Please, Ex Resident think before you make/type a comment.

  6. Still A Resident   May 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Ex Resident – so apparently you’re an ex resident who is proud to be an ex resident of Fallbrook or "little Tijuana" yet you’re obviously still soooooo concerned about what happens here. Where’d you move to? The middle of nowhere with WIFI connection? I agree there are MANY Hispanics who are criminals like these two & good thing they’ve been caught! But there are also many genuine, hardworking ones; the owner of this fruit was probably a genuine hardworking Hispanic himself, who knows? Why don’t you take a look at THIS article & stop being a close-minded racist who only sees the BAD in people – http://www.myfoxla.com/story/25409835/carlos-will-do-anything-to-finish-college-even-wash-windows Just curious, have you ever heard of a Caucasian guy doing this? OH & stop calling yourself an ex resident yet concerning yourself so much about your EX town of residence. You’re like those whiney ex girlfriends & boyfriends who are still clingy with their ex’s. Maybe you should change your username to Taylor Swift. Good day.

  7. Ray (the real one)   May 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Time to clarify……. Hispanics, that includes all the above.

  8. Merchant of Fallbrook   May 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Not a crime story gets published in the VN without ethnic haters coming out and blaming Hispanics for everything wrong with Fallbrook. It is disgusting and uninformed. That the VN publishes this kind of unintelligent vitriol is a crime in and of itself. This is a diverse community and better for it.

  9. De Luz Neighbor   May 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    There’s a small contingent of racist-trolls who habitually post comments to this publication’s articles. They contend that the problem with Fallbrook is our migrant-Hispanic and the Hispanic population in general. How many times must the good folks of Fallbrook be subjected to this skanky character assignation? What! Honoring their freedom of speech? By allowing unacceptable, and hurtful ethnic slander? Is the paper not culpable for the harm done? What standard of decency would allow what we read here as a response to every single report of crime? Ask yourself what would happen if a public official allowed something like this to be published from their office. What would happen to an actor or sports celebrity if they spoke or condoned hate speech like we see here?

    If the Village News has any intent whatsoever of representing the best interest of it

  10. grunt   May 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    @ Merchant of Fallbrook – really? Attacking the messenger? VFN did not steal the fruit; they reported the news, would you prefer for this outstanding source of local news only report on garden shows? It is a fact, unfortunate, but still a fact, that Mexicans are over represented in our criminal justice system. The strength of diversity is in thought, ideas, not skin color or ethnicity. Please explain how JUST different nationalities makes Fallbrook better; especially IF those are loyal to a foreign country or government. Seems you are struck with the liberal disease, if you disagree you call names and issue insults ("unintelligent vitriol").

  11. Yoshi   May 30, 2014 at 10:06 am

    If the people took the fruit because, the an their families were starving, I can understand and will forgive them. If they were doing this for money to by Cigarettes and Liquor then that, is wrong.

  12. Really?   May 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist’

  13. D   May 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Hey Yoshi, would you mind posting your address. I’m sure there are lots of people down on their luck that would love to come and steal stuff from you since you’re so forgiving… Stealing is always wrong, whether you’re down on your luck or not!

    That said, I still can’t believe that fruit theft is a felony at what $250(??) but for other property it’s substantially higher. Seems kind of ridiculous.


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