Police arrest 1 in hobby robbery


visalia – A Woodlake man has been arrested in connection with the April 25 hobby robbery.

At about 4 p.m. on June 2, detectives with the Visalia Police Department’s Violent Crimes and Property Crimes units contacted 32-year-old Samuel Cabrera of Woodlake in the 1400 block of S. Crowe St. in Visalia. Cabrera was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and was later booked into the Main Jail on charges of robbery, possession of meth and two outstanding warrants.

The crime happened just after 4 p.m. on April 25, when 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.

The very next day, on April 26, VPD asked the public’s help in identifying the suspects in the case, saying that their only lead was a suspect vehicle that was abandoned in the area of the store. As a result, VPD received several anonymous tips from the community identifying Cabrera as the suspect who entered the business and stole the merchandise.

However, police are still on the lookout for the man who was driving the getaway vehicle. Anyone who knows this person is asked to contact Det. Jacob Sorensen at (559) 713-4576. Anonymous tips can be given through Crimestoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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