Fresno Police Department reports rise in robberies

March 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Fresno Police Department is reporting a drop in violent crime with the exception of robberies.

Overall, robberies are up by more than twenty percent and police want you to be on alert.

More robberies are occurring and many of them are happening in the north side of town.

Police have been releasing surveillance footage of the suspects in some of these recent robberies in hopes of catching the criminals.

This is surveillance video of the latest robbery to hit Fresno.

In it you can see a man inside a Papa Murphy's in West Central Fresno demanding cash from the clerk.

"Took to the cash register to purchase the items and then he brandished a gun to the clerk and said this is a robbery," Jose Garza of the Fresno Police Department said.

The man walked away with cash in hand.

On Monday, police say a TCBY yogurt shop in Northeast Fresno was robbed by a man captured in a surveillance photo.

Investigators say the suspect first ordered yogurt then held up the female clerk with a handgun tucked in his waistband.

The suspects in both robberies made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"We're confident we're going to catch those 2 individuals that are responsible for the most recent robberies," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Dyer says overall robberies are up citywide.

"44 Percent of all of our robberies are now occurring in the north bureau. And that is north of McKinley. And that's a trend that we've only noticed here in the last 12 - 18 months," Dyer said.

So far robberies are up by 20 point 7 percent from where they were a year ago. But it's not commercial robberies that are on the rise. Business robberies fell from 30 to 25 for this time last year.

"The majority of those robberies are person robberies, strong armed robberies of individuals that are carrying their iPhone that is getting stolen. People that are having gold chains that are snatched from their neck," Dyer said.

One suspect in a recent robbery case was last seen riding a FAX bus. Police are looking for any clues that could lead to an arrest.

Police say there are certain thing you can do to prevent falling victim of one of these robberies. They say try to avoid walking alone and always hold your belongings close to you.


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