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Thief who threatened guard at Fresno Target store sought by police

Fresno police seeking help to find Target thief who threatened guard

Fresno police are asking for the public's help to find a thief who stole headphones from a Shaw Avenue Target store, then threatened to shoot a security guard who confronted him. The man entered Target at 3150 W. Shaw Ave. around 6 p.m. Monday, wa
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Fresno police are asking for the public's help to find a thief who stole headphones from a Shaw Avenue Target store, then threatened to shoot a security guard who confronted him. The man entered Target at 3150 W. Shaw Ave. around 6 p.m. Monday, wa

Fresno police are asking for the public's help to find a thief who stole headphones from a Shaw Avenue Target store, then threatened to shoot a security guard who confronted him.

The man entered the Target at 3150 W. Shaw Ave. around 6 p.m. Monday, walked to the electronic accessories aisle and began placing headphones into a Verizon bag, police Lt. Joe Gomez said. A loss prevention officer spotted the man on surveillance video and recognized him as a thief who had already hit the store several times.

When the thief walked out of the store without paying, a guard confronted the man to retrieve the merchandise. That's when the thief lifted his shirt, displayed a handgun tucked in his waistband and threatened to shoot the guard before walking away toward Shaw Avenue, Gomez said.

The thief is described as a Hispanic man between 18 and 24 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. He stands 5-feet-9 to 5-feet-10 in height and weighs about 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Pat Mares at 559-621-2080, or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.

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