An ex-Fresno police officer has been arrested in connection with an auto-theft case, the Fresno Police Department said.
Alfred “Al” Campos, 39, was arrested Tuesday by members of the Fresno Police Department’s Career Criminal Auto Theft Team. He was booked into Fresno County Jail and released on bond late Tuesday night. Campos was terminated from the department on Jan. 12, said police spokesman Lt. Joe Gomez.
A criminal complaint filed in Fresno County Superior Court lists two counts: receiving a stolen vehicle, and perjury.
The department’s auto theft team began investigating Campos last year after he took a 2011 Chevrolet pickup to Michael’s Cadillac on North Blackstone Avenue for service, according to Fresno County Superior Court records. After a mechanic discovered that the pickup’s vehicle identification number didn’t match automotive records, he contacted police.
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Detectives determined the VIN had been tampered or altered. A detective also found another VIN on the pickup that was for a 2008 Chevrolet pickup reported stolen from a dealership in Fairfax, Va., on Oct. 23, 2013, the court documents stated.
The stolen truck “then somehow was registered in California under Suspect Campos’ name as a 2011 Chevy pickup truck,” Fresno police detective Cary Phelps wrote in an affidavit in support of a search warrant.
Detectives used the warrant last year to search Campos’ home on Clinton Avenue and his business, A&A Auto Service, on North Blackstone Avenue near Ashlan Avenue.
It is the second time in eight years that Campos has been under investigation. In 2007, he was cleared of wrongdoing in a drug investigation by the police internal affairs unit. The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office also investigated and did not file criminal charges against him.
In that case, police used a confidential informant to buy methamphetamine from Campos’ half brother, Francisco Marin Jr., at the Clinton Avenue home where Campos and his family lived. Police said they found 2.8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and $73,000 in cash in the July 20, 2006 bust.
Marin, then 23, and his brother, Jose Macario Guzman, 28, were charged with felony possession of drugs with intent to sell.
In March 2007, Guzman, was found dead in his burning Chevy Tahoe southwest of Fresno. The case remains unsolved, but sheriff’s officials believe Guzman was killed by members of a drug cartel in Mexico.