Fresno Police Department
Help Identify the Suspect
1. Find out the details of where the transactions occurred:
2. Contact the businesses where the transaction took place: Find out if they take video or photographs. If they have video or photographic evidence still available, ask them to make a copy of the transactions for the police. We will also need a copy of the transaction itself (receipt).
3. Request Evidence: The stores will not give you the evidence, but most businesses will give it to the police. We have forms developed that you can give to the business as a formal request from the police. The forms explain what evidence the police department needs. We have generic forms for businesses that have no set procedure with FPD. Please provide these generic forms to the businesses and ask them to contact FPD Financial Crimes when the evidence is available. Forms available at the bottom. Different information is needed based upon the method of the crime. Please select the appropriate form. Provide a PC 530.8 form along with the evidence request. You will also need to provide them with sufficient information so they can find the fraudulent transaction.
We have established relationships with some businesses and their loss prevention personnel. We have procedures worked out for each specific store, and have a designated form for that store. Use the store specific form if credit/debit card or check were used at a listed store. Some stores will have the forms available with their loss prevention personnel and they can assist you. These are for Fresno stores only.
Fax forms to a special Fax number: 559 457-1203
Scan and email form to: FinancialCrimes@fresno.gov
Additional forms at the bottom of the page
Target: Forms are also available at their stores. You can take the form directly to the Target or fax/e-mail the form to FPD Financial Crimes.
Home Depot: Fax or email the form to FPD Financial Crimes
Costco: Fax or email the form to FPD Financial Crimes
JC Penney: Fax or email the form to FPD Financial Crimes
CVS: Fax or email the form to FPD Financial Crimes
Savemart: Fax or email the form to FPD Financial Crimes
Foodmaxx: Fax or email the form to FPD Financial Crimes
Winco: Fax or email the form to FPD Financial Crimes
4. Utilities: Utility companies will not provide you with information, and they will tell you that they will provide it to us. Although companies will provide the information to us, they require a search warrant, which is time consuming. Due to the prolific nature of this crime, law enforcement does not have the manpower to write search warrants on every case. This process may not be done unless there is a significant loss.
The Utility companies cite Personal Privacy laws as the reason they will not provide information about the illegal activity. However, Penal Code 836.8 allows the creditors, such as a Utility to give the police all pertinent information if you provide a PC 530.8 form and a copy of your police report. Most Utilities (phone, electricity, garbage, cable, etc) will still not comply with the law. We have made a special form for the Utility that you can provide to them along with the 530.8 form. Please get the name of the person to whom you have provided the form, along with the date and time. Send a copy of completed form to the police department. The Fresno County DA may file a civil injunction if we have enough supporting documents to show lack of compliance.
5. An affidavit of fraudulent activity may also be required to be sent to certain creditors. This is a generic affidavit that is not used by law enforcement. Click here for the affidavit.
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