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Clovis Police served a search warrant in the 3700 Block of North Blackstone, in the City of Fresno, related to an ongoing forgery and identity theft investigation. This investigation has been ongoing for several months and was initiated in the City of Clovis. Clovis Investigators were assisted by Investigators from the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office and Investigators from the Department of Health Care Services. This investigation was for multiple forgery cases related to forged prescriptions, stolen and forged credit cards, stolen and forged ID and Driver’s Licenses and making counterfeit money. During the service of the search warrant 5 people were arrested for multiple violations. 42 year old Thomas Hayslett of Fresno was arrested for multiple counts of forgery and ID theft with priors, 51 year old Cheryl Estes of Fresno was arrested for making or passing counterfeit money, 32 year old Ashley Farmer of Clovis was arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance for sale, 27 year old Floyd Gardner of Fresno was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a warrant out of Arizona and 38 year old Jeremy Hanson of Fresno was arrested for a drug warrant.
Clovis Police would like to remind residents to protect their personal information and account information by shredding documents and monitoring their account activity.
Early this morning at approximately 5:50 am, an alert Clovis Police Officer observed a male breaking into a community mailbox in the area of Fowler and Alluvial in Clovis. The male entered a black Ford Fusion, which was also occupied by a female, and the officer followed. After stopping the vehicle and making contact with the occupants, officers determined that they were in possession of a large amount of stolen mail and packages from residents in the area.
41-year-old Arnoldo Silva, and 25-year-old Olivia Squaglia, both of Fresno, were arrested on multiple charges including identity theft, forgery, burglary and possession of burglary tools. Both were booked into the Fresno County Jail.
Clovis Police have identified approximately 15 victims and are working to contact each one. To help prevent mail theft, we’d like to remind Clovis residents to check and empty their mailboxes daily.
Early yesterday morning, Thursday, November 30, the Clovis Police SWAT Team served a search warrant at a home in Squaw Valley. They were assisted by the Fresno County Sheriff’s SWAT Team, who served a warrant at another home on the same property. Both search warrants were the result of an investigation into several vehicle burglaries in the Clovis and Fresno area. SWAT teams were used for these warrants due to the remote location and officer safety concerns.
During the search of both homes, an explosive device was located. The Clovis Police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) Unit responded and safely disposed of the device. Both search warrants were completed without further incident, and no one was injured. Four stolen vehicles were also located on the property and recovered.
*This news release is from the Fresno County District Attorney's Office*
On December 27, 2008, Clovis Police Department officers were investigating a mail theft when they observed the suspect driving a Chevy Camaro. The suspect failed to pull over during a vehicle stop and led officers on a high‐speed chase through residential neighborhoods where he reached speeds of 65‐70 MPH. A Clovis PD Officer stopped his patrol vehicle to prevent the suspect from driving off after the suspect lost control of his vehicle and stopped in a driveway. The suspect then intentionally rammed the driver’s side of the Officer’s patrol vehicle and tried to flee on foot. The suspect was caught trying to scale a fence into a residential backyard and fought with police before being handcuffed. A search of the suspect’s vehicle and home found several items of stolen mail, identify theft materials, computers and stolen checks.
At approximately 4:08 a.m. this morning, Clovis Police dispatch received a call of an armed robbery near the intersection of Clovis Avenue and Fourth Street in Old Town Clovis. An on-duty city maintenance employee working in the area was approached by a male who displayed a firearm and demanded money. The city employee gave the suspect cash, and the suspect fled westbound on foot. Clovis Police officers searched the area for the suspect, however, he could not be located at the time.
Shortly after, at 6:11 a.m., the Denny’s Restaurant located at 710 W Shaw reported an armed robbery had just occurred. Witnesses told dispatchers that a white male had brandished a firearm while at the register and demanded money. When the clerk refused, the suspect then fled on foot. Witnesses were able to determine that the suspect left in a white Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Shaw Avenue. Clovis Police Officers searching the area located a matching vehicle traveling in the area of Minnewawa and Barstow. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and determined that an occupant matched the suspect description of the two previous robberies.
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.
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