FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea confronted a would-be thief on his property, catching him red-handed.
It was a morning like any other, except just as Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea went inside to grab his coat and coffee a would-be thief walked up to his unlocked car and helped himself to what was inside.
Perea spent 15 years as a reserve police officer in the Fresno Police Department.
He said that training kicked in. "He had the bag in one hand, and his other hand right here. So I didn't know if he was holding up his pants or had something, so I had to be close enough to him so if he did, I could be close enough to him. As soon as I saw him I started saying put it down, it's not yours. As he got to the second yard, I was getting more stern in my commands, finally, he put the bag down and started running."
In this case, what was inside the bag wasn't that valuable, but oftentimes it is. Fresno Police Lieutenant Joe Gomez said this type of crime happens year-round, day and night, in every neighborhood. "Don't ever leave anything in your vehicle if it's parked on the street. At anytime really, overnight, if you're leaving your car out there. Take everything out of your car that's of value."
These are usually crimes of opportunity and can happen within mere seconds. With Supervisor Perea, he managed to interrupt the crime in progress and he realizes it could have been a dangerous confrontation with a different outcome. "And of course, I wouldn't recommend this to the public. What the public should do is be a good witness and report."