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In June of 2016, the Clovis Police Department was made aware of an elderly male who had been defrauded by his deceased wife's former caretaker. An investigation revealed that a 70 year-old Clovis resident was victimized by 48 year-old Linda Urioste out of more than $10,000 after he ended a relationship with her. During the investigation, it was determined that several different means of deception were used to defraud him. A family member intervened and convinced the victim he was being defrauded at which point they immediately reported it to our agency.
Clovis Police received a call this afternoon, July 28, 2017, just before 5PM, of an armed robbery near Minnewawa Ave./Nees Ave. Officers quickly responded to The Peach Tree Fruit Stand on Minnewawa Ave. just north of Nees Ave., however the suspects had already left.
The employee told officers that she was working at the fruit stand when an unknown male came in, threatened her with a black hand gun, and demanded money. The employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, and he left. According to the employee, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult in his 30's, with facial hair, and was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and sweat pants. There was a Hispanic female wearing a baseball cap waiting in a white newer model 4-door sedan. The male suspect got into the passenger seat and they were last seen driving northbound on Minnewawa Ave.
Over the weekend, the Clovis Police Department received a couple calls from residents regarding two subjects going door-to-door. The subjects claimed to be with PG&E, however they were casually dressed (no uniform), and they had name tags. The subjects asked to see the resident's PG&E bill to speak about power options. According to PG&E, they do not have any employees in the field going door-to-door. Even if the subjects are from a legitimate business, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our residents of a few things:
-MOST important: If you think something is suspicious, call us immediately. We would like to dispatch an officer to the area to check on suspicious persons and/or vehicles, but we can't do so if you do not call us. Calling us immediately allows the dispatcher to have an officer respond while the person(s) is in the area (based on priority calls at that current time). Our non-emergency phone number is (559) 324-2800. If you have the information available, our dispatcher will ask you where you last saw the person(s), a description of them, what made the encounter suspicious, and how long ago you last saw them. Posting to Next Door and other social media sites is also important so your neighbors know, however please call law enforcement first. We would much rather find out that the person(s) has legitimate business, than to investigate a crime after-the-fact when they're already gone.
City of Clovis
1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612