Woman and two men charged with stealing safe from Quail Court

Three Taft residents have been arrested in connection with the theft of a large safe from a Taft home in January.

The suspects were were booked by Taft Police last week after they were questioned in connection with the case.

Taft Police booked Vanessa Lopez, 40; Rodney Sexton, 27; and Michael Trickey, 45 on Saturday.

All three were charged with grand theft and conspiracy.

Police began investigating the theft of a large safe and other items from a home on the 400 block of Quail Court on Jan. 26.

The contents of the safe and what other items were taken was not disclosed.

The theft is thought to have occurred between Jan. 18 and Jan. 26, according to a news release.

About a week later, a neighbor provided the police with video surveillance footage that included a possible suspect vehicle towing a trailer.

Then on Saturday, police were conducting unrelated probation search at a home on the 800 block of Pierce Street and found several items reported stolen from Quail Court, according to the news release.

Officers also located a vehicle and trailer that "closely matched the vehicle and trailer seen in the video surveillance footage."

Further investigation led to the discovery of the large safe in a field west of the North Lincoln Street.

The safe was broken, according to police.

Officers then arrested Lopez, Sexton and Trickey as a result of the investigation and interviews.

The case has been forwarded to the Kern County District Attorney for review.