Fresno Police are looking for two suspects who allegedly broke into a deputy chief’s vehicle and stole her gun, badge, radio and briefcase.
On Thursday, investigators released surveillance video of a silver sedan with red paper plates and the two suspects, who police say have been breaking into several vehicles in the northwest Fresno area.
One of the video shows one of the suspect described as a white man with black hair on his cell phone, looking into a black car. Seconds later, he busts out the passenger window, pulling out a bag from the vehicle.
Most recently, Fresno Deputy Chief Lydia Carrasco was a victim, on March 8, Carrasco stopped at a pizza parlor to pick up food.
“That’s when these thieves broke into her vehicle busting out the rear driver side window, were they stole her briefcase with her badge, gun and radio inside,” Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson said.
Hudson confirmed the police department did open up an internal investigation on Carrasco to see if the gun was properly secured during the vehicle burglary.
Police said her vehicle was locked and the stolen gun was her personal firearm.
Carrasco could face a fine under California law, SB 869, which took effect in January 2017.
The law reads: “A person shall, when leaving a handgun in an unattended vehicle, lock the handgun in the vehicle’s trunk, lock the handgun in a locked container and place the container out of plain view, or lock the handgun in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view.”
Legal analyst David Mugridge said law enforcement officer could also face civil action if the stolen gun is used in a crime.
“The officer in question is going to be wondering for quite a while and praying that the weapon is recovered because her job and her freedom from being sued is now on the line,” Mugridge said.
According to Hudson, Carrasco is not on paid administrative leave.