FRESNO, AC (KMJ) – A smash and grab suspect is in custody after Fresno Police say he targeted a number of businesses downtown.
The city dubbed him “the Fulton Street Felon” in a
Fresno Police say 34-year-old Michael Vaphides is behind a series of damaged buildings — rocks thrown — glass smashed — property stolen.
Toshiko Ramen and Sushi Bar, and On a Roll Sushi both got hit.
The Cornerstone Coffee and Fulton Street Coffee houses were also targeted.
At each of these businesses, Vaphides used a rock to smash windows to gain entry or cause thousands of dollars in damage to business windows and glass doors.
Valley PBS was also targeted says Executive Director Jenny Toste, speaking to our news partner KMPH.
“The person grabbed the main phone system so now we don’t have a way to forward calls or take messages,” said Toste. She continued, “the motion detector saved us because when he was walking down the hallway it picked him and sent that alarm.”
Vaphides began his crime spree on Monday, June 10th, and Fresno Police arrested him near Jensen and Highway 99 the next day — caught with a stolen laptop from another alleged crime.
Police say Vaphides is homeless and has been in trouble with the law for other thefts
He’s currently on parole for felony hit and run.
Police say Vaphides is now in the Fresno County Jail for 2 counts of burglary and felony vandalism.
Click to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: