Fresno thieves targeting truck tailgates

February 07 2021 03:30 pm

A home surveillance camera captures thieves taking off with truck tailgate in a northwest Fresno neighborhood.

The theft took place earlier this week just after 1:00 a.m. near Blythe and Dakota. 

Alex Flores was first alerted by his wife that morning asking him if he had removed the tailgate, he instantly knew what happened. 

Flores reaching out to his neighbors to see if their home video system captured anything. He got lucky and turning in the video to police.

“He has the audacity to just park in the middle of the road. He didn’t go off to the side, didn’t turn off his lights,” he said. 

According to Fresno Police, about 9 tailgates have been reported stolen in the city so far this year. Police said these tailgates are usually sold in the underground market. 

Alex Manzano, who specialized in custom vehicles said these criminal know what they’re looking for. 

“9 times out of 10. It’s usually personal gain or someone paying someone to go an find a tailgate that will fit their truck,” Manzano said. 

He said the best thing for truck owners to do is install an alarm system or a tailgate lock. 

The cost to replace a tailgate could range from $700 to $1000. 

Flores hopes his car insurance will cover the cost to replace his tailgate. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fresno Police. 

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