Two suspected thieves arrested after store burglary caught on video

FRESNO, Calif. - A man and woman are in jail after police said they broke into a store in north Fresno. 

Surveillance video captured the heist. Police said the thief used a filing cabinet to smash in the front glass door. 

It happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Ultimate Garage on West Bedford Avenue near Friant and Highway 41 across from River Park.

Surveillance video shows a Christmas Eve break-in at Ultimate Garages. You can see the masked thief who police said is 39-year-old Justin Breitwieser grabbing whatever he can inside the store.

His accomplice, police said, was 25-year-old Soliel Phariss. The store's owns received an immediate alert through her surveillance system.

"She sees the suspect breaking in, he has a mask on, he's taking property," said Fresno Police Lieutenant Joe Gomez. "It looks like he used a large filing cabinet to break the glass door to get in."

Police were right around the corner and with the help of Fresno County Sheriff's helicopter, Eagle One, the couple was spotted in a nearby field.

"They had the property they had taken from business in the field near the storage facility so they were going to come back for that later," said Lt. Gomez.

Police laid out some of the stolen items they say the suspect had. They include several wallets and car care products. 

Police even found a loaded gun, they said the suspects tried hiding.

Both suspects were arrested for charges including commercial burglary, probation violation and various drug charges.


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