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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today the arrest of Scott Allyn Radtke, of Clovis, on charges relating to fraudulent transactions estimated at more than $2.3 million.
DMV investigators, working with the Clovis and Tulare police departments, say a five-month probe into Radtke’s California Motoring Company (CMC) auto broker business in Clovis uncovered the fraudulent sale of 48 newer-model vehicles that cheated 64 victims out of an estimated $2,304,765. Those defrauded include consumers, auto dealerships, and lending institutions, investigators say.
Radtke, 55, was booked Monday into the Fresno County Jail on 98 criminal counts, including forgery, grand theft of personal property, identity theft, theft by false pretenses, theft from elderly or dependent adults, and passing checks with insufficient funds. His bail is set at $681,000. The Fresno County Office of the District Attorney is prosecuting the case.
"The DMV will not tolerate unscrupulous brokers taking advantage of customers and dealerships," DMV Investigations Chief Frank Alvarez said. "We have peace officers who diligently investigate this kind of fraudulent activity."
After three months of investigations, Clovis Police Detectives arrested a suspect this morning for on-going sexual assaults. 58 year-old Donald Mayhew was arrested without incident during a search warrant at his Clovis residence this morning. The victim in this case is an adult female, is known to Mayhew and the investigation found that the crimes occurred in a residence in Clovis. Following the search warrant, Mayhew was booked for four felonies including sexual assault of an unconscious person, using an intoxicating substance to commit rape, administering drugs in the commission of a felony, and poisoning or adulterating the food/drink of another person.
The Clovis Police Department is very excited to announce that we have partnered with the Pink Patch Project! The PPP is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association and public safety agencies from across the nation to combat breast cancer by raising public awareness and by raising funds for breast cancer education, research, and treatment. To date, over 180 agencies in the United States have joined, and Clovis Police is the first in California’s Central Valley!
The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s patches that are specially designed for the PPP campaign for October, which is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. Clovis Police Officers and staff will be wearing a pin on their uniforms and professional attire during the month of October to encourage public awareness. As part of this program, Clovis Police will be selling the commemorative pink patches to the community! 100% of the proceeds will go directly to fund breast cancer education, research, and treatment. In 2016, the 82 agencies with the PPP raised more than $320,000 for cancer research organizations nationwide, and Clovis Police hopes to help increase that amount this year!
Clovis Police received a call from a resident in the area of Shaw/Fowler on September 20, 2017, just after 2:15 A.M. regarding suspicious subjects in their driveway. The victim reported to dispatch that it appeared the subjects were next to their vehicle trying to break into it. Officers arrived in the area within two minutes and observed a green pick-up truck leaving the area at a high rate of speed with its exterior lights turned off. Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over however it led to a pursuit after the vehicle failed to stop. At one point, the suspect driver hit a fence, and failed to stop again. The pursuit ended when officers used the PIT maneuver (pursuit intervention technique) near Sanger and the three suspects were arrested without further incident. During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, Officers located the rims and tires belonging to the victim’s vehicle.
Update to Sex Offense Suspect from Last Week
On Tuesday, 9/5, Clovis PD posted information regarding two sex offenses that had occurred earlier that day. With the assistance of a vigilant Clovis resident who saw the post on social media, we now have a photo of the suspect vehicle involved in both crimes. Please take a close look at this early 90’s model Toyota pick-up truck. It is grey or silver in color, with an extended cab. The truck looks to have a large plastic trash can in the bed of it with a California license plate attached to the rear. There does not appear to be any markings on the rear of driver side of the vehicle. Our Crime Analysts are working on the license plate. If you have any information regarding this vehicle, it’s owner, or the crimes that occurred last week, we are asking that you message us on social media, or call our non-emergency phone number at 559-324-2800. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also provide a tip using our mobile app, or call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.
Clovis Police received two separate calls for service within 90 minutes of each other regarding two sex offenses with the same suspect description. On Tuesday, September 05, 2017 at about 11:43 AM, an adult female called to report a male in a truck near Bullard/Temperance had exposed himself to her. Officers responded immediately to search for the suspect; however they were unable to locate him.
A second adult female called at approximately 1:17PM to report that while riding her bicycle, a male in a truck offered to give her a ride on Bullard east of Temperance. The female accepted and placed her bicycle in the bed of the pick-up truck. Shortly after she got into the truck, the male attempted to fondle her. The female told the male to pull over, and he did. The female got out of the truck and the male drove away. It was later determined that the male dropped off her bicycle at the approximate location that he picked her up at.
Monday, August 21 marks the first day back to school for the Clovis Unified School District! Clovis Police Department’s traffic division will be assisted by patrol officers, CSO’s, and patrol volunteers to patrol around all schools within our city limits. Please give yourself extra time for your morning commute, and use caution around the more than 30 campuses in Clovis! Clovis Police want pedestrians and drivers to know that they share an equal responsibility when it comes to crosswalks. Whether you’re on foot or behind the wheel, please put the cell phone down and pay attention around the roadways, because the lives of thousands of students depend on it.
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.
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