Fresno's top auto thief caught

The Fresno BeeJuly 10, 2014 

Vincent Madrid

Fresno police Thursday arrested the man they say is the city's top auto thief.

Vincent Madrid was taken into custody at a home in the 2300 block of North Wapona Avenue, near Clinton and Blythe avenues. Sgt. Timothy Tietjen of the department's Career Criminal Auto Theft team said Madrid is suspected of running a chop shop in Kerman and moving vehicles between Kerman and Fresno.

Tietjen said Madrid recently fled from a patrol vehicle at a speed of 90 mph and ran a stop sign, nearly slamming into a family. Officers stopped the pursuit after the near-miss, but continued their search for him.

Madrid, a Bulldog gang associate, is also suspected of dealing in stolen firearms. He was booked into Fresno County Jail.

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