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Friday, Jan 31 2014 05:17 PM

Stolen items located on body found in canal

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

Several stolen items, including a gun, were found on the body of a man located in a canal about a mile east of Rockpile Road and Sunset Boulevard northeast of Arvin earlier this week.

Deputies said it appears Alejandro Pantoja was in a vehicle that was accidentally driven into the canal. Pantoja drowned, and deputies are looking into the possibility that another person was in the vehicle and walked away from the crash.

Deputies said the stolen property found on Pantoja and inside the vehicle was taken from a burglary that occurred the day Pantoja went missing. The gun found on Pantoja was determined to have been stolen in a separate burglary earlier in January.

Both the vehicle and Pantoja's body were recovered Tuesday.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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