Gold theft is on the rise in Fresno. Fresno Police Sgt. Mark Hudson explained, “They're coming up behind the victim or somewhere beside them, running by, snatching the chains right off of their necks and then taking off that way.”
One of the most recent thefts happened at the Git N Go Market on Tulare and Peach. Gerald Kane was arrested after he was caught on surveillance video snatching the cashier's necklace. This past month alone, there have been ten of these types of thefts in Southeast Fresno. Most of the victims have been women. Police suspect the increase in this crime is due to the increase in the price of gold.
“The price of gold is going up and then we've had an increase in Cash for Gold locations where thieves can easily go in and get this gold turned into cash,” said Hudson.
He suggests to keep caution, to avoid becoming a victim, “Be aware and when you can, put your gold jewelry away. Put it underneath your clothing so you're not a target for these thieves.”
Police believe there are more thieves connected to these crimes. If you have any information, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 498-STOP.