Police warn gym goers after car break-in suspect remains on the loose

Police warn gym goers after car break-in suspect remains on the loose

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno police said Jose Arellano Jr. scouted the parking lot of a George Brown fitness center at Kings Canyon and Fowler before pulling up next to a white truck.

Surveillance video captured the November 5, 2017 break-in. Police said it took only a couple of minutes for Arellano to help himself to credit cards the victim left in his pickup while working out.

"This is a common practice with a lot of these guys. They know someone going to the gym is going to be in there for at least an hour, so they wait for that person to go inside the gym and they know they have time to work with," said Fresno Police Det. Donnie Dinnell.

Detective Dinnell said Arellano then drove to a Chevron down the street and used two credit cards to pay for a relative's gas.

"It is my belief they did not know that the credit cards he was using were stolen. He had offered to give them gas for some things they had done for him in the past," said Det. Dinnell.

Police used Arellano's license plate to identify him and said he used the car in several thefts and is wanted for violating the terms of his probation. 

Officers spoke to his relatives and impounded his vehicle where they found ammo for a 9 MM gun. Detectives believe Arellano knows he's wanted because the car break-ins have stopped.

"He probably just found a new location to target cause I don't believe he stopped," said Det. Dinnell.

Jarred Hachman and his wife are gym members. They say they know the dangers of leaving valuable items in cars.

"I take everything I can with me. I got pockets, I'll borrow her bag when I don't have my own bag," said Hachman.

Police say Arellano is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 498-STOP.

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