The Fresno Police Department has identified a suspect they say is behind a vandalism spree that targeted two Coffee shops and two Sushi shops, and the Valley Public Broadcasting Station, Much of the vandalism was caught on surveillance.
34-year-old Michael Vaphides has been arrested, charged and booked into the Fresno County Jail on two counts of burglary and felony.
Police say Vaphides started the spree at Valley PBS Monday at 1544 Van Ness Avenue. After targeting PBS Vaphides allegedly went on a glass smashing spree at the following businesses: Toshiko Ramen and Sushi Bar at1112 Fulton Street, Fulton Street Coffee at 2015 Tuolumne St, Cornerstone Coffee at 1463 Fulton Street, and On a Roll Sushi located at 1306 Van Ness.
He was taken into custody on Tuesday while in possession of a stolen laptop computer. Police report he caused thousands of dollars in damage during the vandalism spree, and at least one was forced to remain closed for the day.
Vaphides who is homeless and has had prior contacts with law enforcement for other thefts is currently on parole for felony hit-and-run.