Clovis News

Fake high-roller caught near Clovis

A wanted parolee posing as a high-rolling gambler was taken into custody Tuesday night after he tried to elude Fresno County Sheriff's deputies in a gold BMW.

Deputies had been searching for the 24-year-old Clovis man since July 20, when he tried to open a line of credit at Table Mountain Casino with a fraudulent check, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said.

When casino officials learned the bank account did not exist, they confronted the man, who fled in the BMW, leaving behind a California ID card. The car turned out to be stolen, Curtice said.

Deputies learned the man was living in the Clovis area. They saw him in the BMW Tuesday night and tried to stop him near Bullard and Minnewawa avenues.

He eluded the deputies briefly but was taken into custody near Fowler and Herndon avenues, Curtice said.

The suspect was booked on several charges, including burglary, auto theft and forgery.