Five arrested in grain theft

CNJ staff

The theft of $70,000 in grain has led to the arrest of five men.

Investigators believe Thomas Sotelo, 23, a Peavy Grain employee, gave 20 truckloads of grain to four independent truck drivers for sale to outside parties and then split the proceeds with them, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation was conducted Tuesday after an internal audit by Gavilon, the parent company of Peavy, revealed a substantial amount of grain missing, the release said.

Edgar Granillo, 26, is charged with seven counts felony larceny and disposal of stolen property; Manuel Gilberto Ortega Cardenas, 34, with three counts felony larceny and disposal of stolen property; and Luis Ordonez and Marco Orozco-Montano, 27, with two counts each felony larceny and stolen property.

Sotello has been charged with 20 counts of felony larceny.

Sotello and Granillo are being held on $50,000 bond at the Curry County Jail and Cardenas, Ordonez and Orozco-Monatano are held on $25,000 bonds respectively.