Fresno police sergeant's office burglarized and several classified items were stolen

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno Police Department said a sergeant's office was burglarized and several classified items were stolen. The break-in happened this weekend at an undisclosed office in East Central Fresno.

A large glass window was replaced Tuesday morning in the office occupied by Sergeant Tim Tietjen. He oversees the Career Criminal Auto Theft Team.

"This was specific," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. "They were looking for items that were of a particular interest to them."

Saturday, around 1am, the office was burglarized during a crime that has police puzzled and exploring every option.

Chief Jerry Dyer said, "That team has been involved in a lot of investigations over the past few years and I can't get into the details but certainly we're looking at all those aspects as far as who may be responsible for this burglary."

Investigators say the suspect or suspects broke the window and entered and exited through it. Officers arrived nine minutes after the alarm company, Sonitrol notified them of suspicious sounds. No other offices were disturbed or touched during the crime, except the office that was left trashed when the burglar left. Several valuable items like police radios and other police related gear, weren't taken, making the burglary even more suspicious.

"I can tell you that office equipment was taken in the burglary," said Chief Dyer. "There were other items that a normal burglar might steal, those items were not taken. In terms of any other evidence like narcotics or money or guns- none of those items were taken."

Dyer would say the items stolen will not affect the prosecution of any crimes. But clearly, the sergeant who just last week gave statistics of the latest crime trends, has become a victim of what appears to be a personal crime, targeting him.

The chief says some physical evidence was left behind that is now being analyzed. A reward of $2,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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