More details released by police, neighbor of the ‘Home of Hope’ burglary

Crime

Wednesday morning at about 6 a.m., appliances, furniture, and everything else besides the kitchen table was stolen from the Home of Hope in southeast Fresno. Only one photo was taken from the incident taken by Stacy Benton who lives just down the street. 

“So I was getting ready to go out and walk my dog,” said Benton. “I noticed that there were two cars outside of the Home of Hope.”

At first Benton didn’t think too much of the cars because she said there are a lot of people who come in and out of the home regularly. However, once she noticed two men were taking appliances out of the building she knew something was wrong. She immediately ran inside to call her neighbor. 

“She rushed out and at that point it was just try to get to the house as quickly as possible, so we could get anything that would would help police, you know, later track these people down,” said Benton. 

Benton was able to take one photo of a white SUV. A white pickup truck with a blue and gold stripe is also believed to be involved. No other photos or videos were taken. Benton believes who ever did this knew it was a charity home. 

“Most people are home around five six in the morning, getting ready for work.,” said Benton. “So I would think a normal burglar wouldn’t go to a house that occupied at time of the morning because they would assume they would be home and asleep.”

Benton who works for Granville, the company in charge of the Home of Hope, said since the incident numerous organizations and citizens have come forward to help out. 

“As tragic as it is,” said Benton. “I think it is amazing to see how the community responds and that Home of Hope means so much to so many people.”

Fresno Police said the suspects are believed to be Hispanic and between 20-30 years old. Granville Homes is offering a $1000 reward to anyone who comes forward with information that later leads to an arrest. 

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