Deputies find stolen PG&E equipment in Shafter

The sheriff's department says Vernon Phillips, 42, was in possession of a stolen gas detector that's worth around $4,000.
SHAFTER, CA -- A Shafter man has been arrested, accused of being in possession of a stolen PG&E gas detector.  The sheriff's rural crime unit had recently been checking on stolen equipment in Shafter, near Beech Avenue and Burbank Street. 

They found Vernon Phillips, 42, in the 18000 block of Beech Avenue with a stolen PG&E gas detector worth around $4,000.  The detector, according to deputies, is designed to test ambient air and flue gas over a wide temperature range. 

Phillips was booked into the downtown jail on charges of possession of stolen property. 
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