FRESNO – A suspected auto thief on parole for a previous burglary was arrested after he allegedly committed petty theft in the central Fresno area.
The Fresno Police Department received a petty theft call around 9 p.m. in the area of Fresno Street and McKinley Avenue on Monday. Detectives from the Career Criminal Auto Theft Team responded and were told that the two suspects fled in a 2000 Ford Escort that was reported stolen, authorities said.
The vehicle was later found in an apartment complex in the 2000 block of N. Fresno Street. Detectives kept an eye on it until they saw a male driver and female passenger get in and drive away at 10:20 a.m. Police followed the pair to another apartment complex near Kings Canyon Road and Clovis Avenue.
It was there that the driver, identified as 18-year-old Marshawn Robinson, tried to run away from the detectives when they approached the vehicle, but officers were able to apprehend him and the female passenger, police said.
Inside the vehicle, detectives found a loaded .22 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in the passenger’s purse, authorities said.
Robin, who was on parole for a previous burglary, was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges related to the suspected auto theft and parole violation. The female passenger, who was not identified because she is a juvenile, was booked into Fresno County Juvenile Hall on suspected firearm possession charges.