Chevy pickup stolen in Fresno County crime spree found; suspect at large

The Fresno BeeJune 16, 2014 

Randy Lee Grill

Fresno County sheriff's deputies found a Chevrolet pickup stolen at gunpoint by a wanted parolee last week.

The white 2002 Chevy Z-71 was found Friday in a neighborhood near Cedar and Gettysburg avenues in east-central Fresno, the sheriff's office reported.

The suspected thief, 28-year-old Randy Lee Grill, was still missing and wanted on charges arising from several incidents Wednesday.

Grill is suspected of using a stolen Dodge truck to burglarize a shop in the 3200 block of West Kearney Boulevard in southwest Fresno. He reportedly stole tools and other equipment. Neighbors watched him and followed him to the intersection of Jensen and Prospect avenues.

Later, Grill fled the area in the Dodge, running a stop sign at Jensen and Valentine avenues that resulted in a crash with another car, the sheriff's office said.

Grill continued south on Valentine Avenue, with the hit-and-run victim following him. Grill turned onto Beran Way, crashed into a fence and fled on foot through a vacant lot. Witnesses said he was armed with a handgun and that he fired it as he ran.

That's when Grill ran to a house on Valentine Avenue and stole the Chevy truck, the sheriff's office said. A homeowner reportedly fired at Grill as he fled, blasting out the pickup's rear window.

Grill is described as a white male and 25-30 years old. He was clean shaven with a shaved haircut, and was wearing beige shorts and a dark shirt and carrying a black backpack.

He was armed with a handgun and should be considered dangerous, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone with information on Grill's whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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

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