Cafe burglar arrested 8 hours after getting out of jail for earlier burglary, Fresno Police say

Drone helps catch burglar in cafe's crawlspace, police say

Richard Saldana, 26 (image courtesy of Fresno Police Department)

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A man who police say attempted a burglary at a west Fresno cafe over the weekend had been out of jail for around eight hours following a previous burglary arrest.

According to Fresno Police, officers responded to Al’s Cafe on Olive and Crystal avenues on Sunday at around 1:50 a.m. after the owner reported a burglary in progress – as they watched through the cafe’s surveillance cameras.

Officers arrived and reported seeing the suspect inside the building, later receiving an alert that the hatch to the roof had been breached. A drone operator responded to assist and saw that a backpack and cinderblock were holding down the roof hatch. Following a search of the roof, officers found the suspect, 26-year-old Richard Saldana, in an air conditioning unit crawlspace.

Saldana was booked into Fresno County Jail for the second time within approximately eight hours, police say.

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