Stolen car used to break into storefront


A Fresno business owner is devastated after his storefront is smashed in by suspects in a stolen vehicle. It was all caught on camera and now police are in need of tips to help them make arrests in the case. Investigators say the same bold strategy has been used in similar crimes in the area and they are working to determine if they are connected.

Fresno Police investigators say the latest crime happened around 4:15 Monday morning. Fresno Police say two suspects stole a vehicle from the Millbrook and Ashlan area and rammed it through the front of a smoke shop nearby.

“I really don’t even know what to say about it you know? It’s just sad,” said Moe Alashmaly, the owner of “I Smoke II”.

Alashmaly cringes looking at his storefront. For two days now boards cover the entrance to his smoke shop. Only a light up sign inviting guests in, but as they pass through the doorway bent and broken metal bars are a reminder of the early morning attack on his shop. It was all caught on camera. A man and woman in a stolen car backed through the front door repeatedly and when the car got stuck they took off empty handed.

“Ruin somebody’s car, ruin somebody’s shop and then at the end you don’t even get nothing you know?,” said Alashmaly.

The suspects are now on the run and even investigators are shocked by the crime.

“To me it’s the desperation and their boldness,” said Sergeant Michael Landon of the Fresno Police Department.

Just weeks earlier someone drove a car through this liquor store next door. Now cement pillars have been put up to stop it from happening again, but are these crimes connected?

“We had a series where they’ve smashed business windows like this going after ATM machines. It’s hard to tell my detectives are looking into this to see if they are related,” said Sgt. Landon. 

Police investigators need tips to put these suspects behind bars. The owner of the smoke shop they targeted is still in disbelief.
“I’ve seen it get close, but I never thought it was going to hit me you know?,” said Alashmaly. 

If you notice anything that can help lead investigators to the suspects in this case you are asked to call crime stoppers at 498-Stop. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward. 

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