Granville’s ‘Home of Hope’ burglarized, thieves strip house of furniture and appliances


A beautiful Granville home was an empty shell Wednesday after thieves stole nearly everything in the once fully furnished house.

“All of the furniture that was here in the living room, there was a media stand right here, a beautiful sectional couch, a coffee stand, coffee table,” Veronique Parker the Home of Hope project manager said. 

“These guys knew what they were doing,” Darius Assemi the president and CEO of Granville Homes said. 

Granville Homes raffles a house yearly, with all proceeds going to local charities. This year $600,000 was raised.

“It’s really unfortunate that two criminals broke into a home that’s being given away to help local nonprofits,” Assemi said. 

He said an employee happens to live in the development and saw the suspects around 6 a.m. She described them as two young Hispanic males. She also snapped a picture of their getaway car, a small white SUV. Police are looking for that vehicle along with a truck they also believe was involved. 

“The other vehicle is described as either a small Chevy or Ford pickup truck with a gold and blue stripe along the side of it,” Lt. Mark Hudson with the Fresno police department said. According to witnesses the truck looked like an old City of Fresno vehicle. 

Hudson estimates $20,000 to $25,000 worth of goods were taken, in a heist that lasted several hours.

Assemi said there needs to be more funding for local law enforcement to prevent these crimes. 

Now he’s hoping someone knows something and comes forward and is offering a reward for information leading toan arrest.

“Granville Homes has put out a reward of a $1,000 for anyone that gives Fresno PD the leads for the arrest of these folks,” he said. 

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