Police need your help identifying a suspect accused of ripping out security cameras from a Fresno middle school. This suspect isn’t just accused of stealing from schools. Police say he’s burglarizing city property and it’s caught on camera.
The warning is clear at this Fresno City water pump station. Security cameras are on. Last week those cameras recorded a man breaking in. Police say he stole the camera, an air conditioning unit and a metal door. Five days later, detectives say the same suspect trespasses onto Yosemite Middle School. He appears to scope out the area as he walks through the hallway before ripping out this security camera.
“These cameras are pretty expensive that Fresno Unified has installed and we’re looking at a $2,000 loss from the school just on this case alone,” said Detective Donnie Dinnell.
Dinnell says the suspect stole two cameras that night and police believe he’s tied to Tioga Middle School’s missing cameras.
“He could possibly have a source that he could sell those cameras to. Most likely for drugs or drug money if he does,” said Dinnell.
Costing taxpayers thousands of dollars and jeopardizing school security. Police say they need the public’s help identifying the suspect before he strikes again.
“$4,000 worth of cameras being stolen from the school districts are $4,000 worth of education materials that the school just can’t purchase. Just that simple, so the true victims here are our students,” said Dinnell.
The suspect appears to be a white male with a slim build, in his 20s and has brown hair with a beard. He’s been seen on camera wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the area of southeast Fresno. If you have any idea who the suspect is, call Crime stoppers at 498-STOP. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.