For Immediate Release:
Date: March 30, 2020
Prepared By/Contact Person: Darren Blevins, Chief of Police
Attempted Theft Charges Sought
On Monday March 30, 2020, at approximately 6:26 am, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Elm Ave, the Faith Christian Church, on the report of a male subject dressed in dark clothing with a flashlight attempting to break into the building.
Officers arrived and located a male subject identified as 35-year-old Coalinga resident Michael Flores in front of the church. Flores was found to have misdemeanor warrant for his arrest and was detained at the scene. Officer contacted the victim and was shown several locations around the building where the surveillance cameras had been removed from the building and were lying on the ground. The victim was contacted and was obtaining the video surveillance footage for the officers. Flores was transported to the Coalinga City Jail and was booked on his outstanding misdemeanor warrant and was later released.
On March 31, 2020, officer obtained the surveillance footage and it shows a male subject matching Flores’ description standing on the church property acting as a “look out” as another male subject removed the cameras from the building.
Charges are being submitted on Flores for attempted petty theft and conspiracy. Police are trying to locate the second subject for questioning.
The police department is asking if anyone has information about this crime to contact the Coalinga Police Department at (559) 935-1525, you can remain anonymous.