Hollister police looking for shoplifter, while Hollister shoplifter is caught in the valley
The Hollister Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a shoplifting suspect who took several items from the Walgreens store on Tres Pinos Road without paying for them.
On Sunday, June 14 around 9 pm, Hollister Police responded to the Walgreens Store at 600 Tres Pinos Road on a burglary report. According to store personnel a white male adult entered the store, selected multiple items and left the store without paying for them. Police searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect. Walgreens’ security provided police with video of the incident.
The suspect is described as a white man approximately 20 to 25 year of age. He has brown hair in a ponytail. At the time of the incident, he was dressed in jeans and a camouflage jacket that had a hood on it. The suspect was also seen carrying a skateboard.
The Hollister Police Department has had great success with asking with the help in solving case like this. In several other cases the suspects were quickly identified and subsequently arrested when the public gets involved. Someone may know the suspect or had seen where the suspect left after the incident took place. It may only take the smallest bit of information to lead to the biggest clues on finding a suspect. In order to make a community safer the public has to get involved. It takes all to make a community stronger. Police are asking that anyone with information about the suspects identify or the incident is asked to call the Hollister Police Department at 831-636-4330 and ask for Officer Mathew Weiss. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at 800-87-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.
While police sought this shoplifter, one of Hollister’s residents was arrested out of town for the same crime. David Lopez, 32, was caught on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 pm by Patterson Police. Lopez was charged with shoplifting at the Walmart on Sperry Avenue in Patterson, a town along Interstate 5, over the mountains from Hollister and near Modesto. Bail was set at $1,000 for the reported journeyman when booked at the Stanislaus County Jail.
Lopez, though a resident of Hollister on Prune Street, seems to favor the Central Valley when getting into trouble. He was arrested previously, on June 4 of last year while traveling south on Interstate 5 near Los Banos and Highway 33. He was pulled over in a stolen vehicle, and found to be under the influence of drugs. He was booked for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and being under the influence of a controlled substance at the Merced County Jail, according to booking logs. Bail was set at $100,000, but he failed to show up in court, and was arrested back at home in Hollister on July 2, detained by a bail bondsman from Martinez Family Bail Bonds.
In October, back in Los Banos, Lopez was arrested for violating his probation and resisting or obstructing and officer. A subsequent arrest occurred in Los Banos for vehicle theft and probation violations on December 19 of 2014.