Suspect arrested, accused of stealing farming equipment: 40-year-old pleads not guilty, bail set at $60K

Rafael Rodriguez Guido. (Booking photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

On Jan. 10 at the Riverside County Superior Court’s Larson Justice Center in Indio, Calif., 40-year-old Blythe local Rafael Rodriguez Guido plead not guilty to filed felony charges alleging violations of Penal Code (PC) section 182/487(a), conspiring to commit grand theft, and PC section 487(a), grand theft over $950.

Guido’s charges stem from a Jan. 8 arrest by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station Palo Verde Valley Rural Crime Team.

“On Wednesday, (Jan.) 8, 2020, the Palo Verde Valley Rural Crime Team conducted an operation to identify and arrest suspect(s) involved in the recent agricultural thefts in the area. During the operation, a Honda (EB5000X) Generator and Makita grinder were stolen from a farmer’s work truck. The suspect fled the scene in a gray 2018 Ford Fiesta,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department release, which notes the incident time as 9:50 p.m. “The vehicle drove into a field where deputies contacted the suspect and recovered the stolen property. The male suspect was identified as Rafael Guido, 40-years-old of Blythe. Guido was subsequently arrested and booked at the Blythe jail.”

According to the complaint, Guido has a prior felony conviction of first degree burglary from June 1997.

“The Palo Verde Valley Rural Crime Team is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy White at the Colorado River Station by calling (760)-921-7900,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The court scheduled the case’s felony settlement conference for Jan. 14, and a preliminary hearing for the morning of Jan. 21. Bail for Guido was set at $60,000.

Also, the case’s jurisdiction was changed to the Riverside County Superior Courthouse in Blythe.


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