Fresno man’s inflatable rental business deflates after trailer stolen


Patrick McConnell still hadn't fully paid off the rentals and trailer that was taken

FRESNO, California — A local business owner is asking the public to keep their eyes peeled for his trailer. Thieves stole it Monday with several of his inflatable slides on it, really hindering his main moneymaker when he moved back to Fresno to help his family out.

With his business the FresYes Boys, Patrick McConnell helped many in the area take their parties up a notch — getting a good number of loyal customers for his large inflatable bounce houses and water slides.

“I only had five [rentals], but I was booked literally every weekend. I had people try to double book me on the weekends, or try to swap it from weekends to weekdays,” McConnell said.

But, the trailer he kept some of those rentals on was stripped off his SUV in broad daylight right next to his house. The thieves even broke off multiple locks and chains to get it.

McConnell realized it happened after his roommate noticed the trailer wasn’t on the street.

“I just lost my business, I literally just lost my business,” were the first thoughts that went through McConnell’s head.

Fortunately, he still has some inflatables, but they’re either not being requested or are in need of repairs. One slide at his home has a huge rip that needs to be stitched together.

Also, he still hasn’t fully made up the money he spent on the stolen inflatables and the trailer. To fill the financial hole, McConnell delivers newspapers for the Fresno Bee and works at an AutoZone.

However, the FresYes Boys is his main business and he wants to be able to provide more fun for families.

McConnell’s message to the thieves: “Just bring it back, just please bring it back.”

McConnell has filed a police report. Fresno Police recommend all trailer owners to buy hard-to-break locks and to store trailers in enclosed spaces — like a garage or shed — when you’re not using it.

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