Hemet, California - On October 14, 2015, investigators from the Hemet Sheriff's Station received information of a stolen 2014 Kubota tractor, for sale on Craigslist. The seller was asking $16,000.00 for the tractor which was valued at $50,000.00.
The Riverside Auto-theft Interdiction Detail assisted Hemet Sheriff's investigators in meeting the seller, 28-year-old Michael Brothers of Hemet. Brothers and his accomplice, 25-year-old Daniel Onstine, also from Hemet, were taken into custody for the stolen tractor. The investigation led to the recovery of other stolen automobiles and property. The investigation revealed the tractor was stolen to assist the suspects in clearing a field for illegal marijuana cultivation.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Dorrough at the Hemet Sheriff's Station at (951) 791-3400.