Former Caregiver Accused of Burglarizing Elderly Couple’s Home
FRESNO – The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man they say ransacked and stole property from a home where he had previously worked as an in-home caregiver.
Around 7 a.m. on Friday, the couple reported that their home in the 1500 block of Columbia Drive East in Fresno had been burglarized. They told the responding deputies that the burglar entered their home through an unlocked door and proceeded to move through the house while the couple pretended to be sleeping.
The couple watched the suspect take a computer, handgun, jewelry, $6,000 in cash and bank cards. They identified him as 45-year-old Manuel Vasquez of Fresno, and said that he used to be their caregiver. Vasquez had been fired a couple of weeks before the incident, authorities said.
Not long later, the Fresno Police Department responded to a domestic violence call at Vasquez’s home in East Central Fresno. During that investigation, officers discovered several of the items that had been stolen and reported them to the sheriff’s office.
Vasquez had already spent the stolen $6,000 to buy tires and rims for his car, authorities said.
Deputies arrested Vasquez, who was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of burglary, elder abuse, possession of stolen property, credit card theft, and felon in possession of a firearm.
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