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2 arrested after car search leads to recovery of more than $20K in stolen items

Police arrested 21-year-old Desinty Martinez and 25-year-old Michael Garcia.

Two people were arrested after a search of their car led to the recovery of more than $20,000 in stolen items, police say.

It happened Monday around 5:09 p.m. at the Tucoemas Federal Credit Union on Cypress and Akers in Visalia.

According to Visalia police, officers were called to the credit union for a report of a woman attempting to cash a stolen check.

When police arrived, officers contacted 21-year-old Desinty Martinez and 25-year-old Michael Garcia.

After the two were detained for attempting to cash the stolen check, a search of their car led to the recovery of more than $20,000 in stolen items.

Police say these items were taken during a house burglary in the 900 block of N. Parkwood which happened earlier in the day.

Both suspects were booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on burglary, identity theft and fraudulent checks, and possession of stolen property charges.

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