Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announces the winner of the 14th annual Home of Hope house giveaway
The Granville Homes furnished Home of Hope raffled off last week as a fundraiser was hit by thieves early Wednesday who took thousands of dollars worth of property.
Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson said between $20,000 to $25,000 of property was taken in the burglary, which was reported around 6 a.m. at the home on the 6100 block of East Sydney Drive in east Fresno. He said the burglars took appliances and furniture that came with the home.
“It was pretty much cleaned out,” Hudson said.
The home was part of the annual fundraiser held by Granville Homes to benefit local charity and nonprofit organizations; this year’s fundraiser reached $600,000. The winner of the 14th annual giveaway was Varus Kardashian. The 1,800-square-foot home was valued at $350,000 and located in Granville’s gated Canvas Collection neighborhood at Belterra.
It’s unknown how many people were involved in the burglary. Hudson said at least two vehicles were used. One is described as a white, newer-model SUV and the other as a white pickup with gold and blue stripes along the sides. Witnesses said it resembled a city of Fresno truck, Hudson said.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for anyone with information on the burglary. Callers can contact 559-498-7867.
Granville Homes President Darius Assemi announced Wednesday the company is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, according to GVWire.com.