Sheriff: Elderly Fresno couple's former caregiver ransacks their home

The Fresno BeeJune 16, 2014 

An in-home caregiver has been arrested after he was caught with property stolen from a southeast Fresno home where he once worked, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

An elderly couple reported a burglary about 7 a.m. Friday at their home in the 1500 block of Columbia Drive East.

The couple said the burglar entered their home through an unlocked door. They pretended to sleep and watched the suspect move through the home. The couple watched the burglar take a computer, a handgun, jewelry, $6,000 in cash and bank cards, the Sheriff's Office said.

The couple identified the suspect as 45-year-old Manuel Vasquez of Fresno, who was the couple's former caregiver. An investigation found that Vasquez was fired a couple of weeks before the incident.

Deputies tried to contact Vasquez at his home, but he wasn't there. Within an hour, Fresno police got a domestic violence call at Vasquez's home, where he was arrested and the stolen property found, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies found much of the stolen property in the trunk of Vasquez's car, the sheriff's office said, and Vasquez already had bought tires and rims for his car with the stolen $6,000.

Vasquez was booked into Fresno County Jail on charges of burglary, elder abuse, possession of stolen property, credit card theft and for being a felon with a gun.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com

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