(Press Release) About 8:45 p.m. Monday night, loss prevention employees in Kohl’s Department Store at Sierra Vista Mall observed three people stealing merchandise, primarily clothing, from the store. The employees alerted Clovis Police when they saw the trio getting into a black Chevy Suburban in the mall parking lot near Santa Ana.
After a short pursuit to an apartment complex at Villa and Alamos, officers boxed in the Suburban. Three suspects managed to get away. Officers arrested one man, who ran through apartment complexes and jumped fences, at Shaw and Peach. The other two suspects were arrested several hours later as they hid in a friend’s apartment on Alamos near Villa.
As it turns out, the driver who claimed to be a carjacking victim actually filed a false crime report. Clovis Police detectives determined 43-year-old Patrick Foster, Sr. of Fresno was instead involved in the burglary as the getaway driver. Officers arrested him for commercial burglary (felony), conspiracy to commit a crime (felony), filing a false crime report (felony), and evading a peace officer (misdemeanor). A check of Fresno County Jail inmate records shows that he is no longer in custody.
Also arrested were:
• 28-year-old Jeffery Wilson, a transient, for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, obstructing a peace officer, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, and a bench warrant for domestic violence. Bail is set at $57,000.
• 30-year-old Henry Canty, a transient, for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, obstruction of a peace officer, and a bench warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail is set at $40,000.
• 25-year-old Heather Howard, a transient, for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, and obstructing a peace officer. Bail is set at $25,000.
Clovis Police arrested Wilson as he was trying to run away from the Suburban. Canty and Howard were arrested inside a friend’s apartment near Villa and Alamos.