Crime Lines: Employees hurt while trying to stop hobby shop heist
visalia – Protecting the merchandise was more than a hobby for two Visalia employees last week.
Just after 4 p.m. on April 25, an unknown suspect entered Visalia Hobby, located in the 2900 block of South Mooney Boulevard, and stole merchandise on display worth more than $1,000.
The suspect fled the business to a getaway vehicle waiting in the area of Mooney and Sunnyside Avenue. Two hobby shop employees attempted to stop the suspect by climbing onto the vehicle. As the vehicle sped off, one employee fell off the vehicle striking their head on the pavement. A second employee, who was in possession of a handgun, discharged one round into the vehicle before letting go. The suspect vehicle fled the area.
The first employee was transported by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for medical treatment while the other was treated at the scene. Neither of their injuries appear to be life threatening.
Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit were called to take over the investigation. Detectives are currently following up leads including a possible suspect vehicle that was located in the area abandoned. Anyone with information is requested to contact Det. Jacob Sorensen at 559-713-4576.
Monday, April 25
On April 25, detectives with the Property Crimes Unit served a search warrant in the 100 block of E. Myrtle St. and located purses, containing car keys and credit cars, stolen from the parking lot of In Shape gym, located on South Mooney Boulevard and Tulare Avenue. Alisa Coronado, 19, and her associate, 21-year-old Jacob Mowery, were arrested on multiple counts of burglary, conspiracy and identity theft. According to police, Coronado would go into the locker room and search for un-locked lockers. She would then steal the keys to their car and give them to Mowery who would in-turn steal pruses from the vehicles. The couple would then use the stolen credit cards to make purchases in Visalia. The crimes happened on April 17, 19, 20 and 23.
Thursday, April 21
At 8:14 a.m. in the 900 block of W. Loyola, detectives found 1 ounce of heroin, 2 ounces of marijuana and a usable amount of methamphetamine during a search warrant. Officers also found three AR-15 assault rifles, one which had been illegally modified, one 9mm semi-automatic handgun, one .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and eight high-capacity magazines. Officers arrested Ryan Austin, 28, of Visalia on charges of possession of: heroin for sale, high capacity magazines, firearm and narcotics; being a felon in possession of: a firearm, ammunition and a modified firearm. He was booked at the Jail.