Craig Hynes

One man is blamed for numerous “smash and grab” burglaries in Mendota.

Just after 9:30 Thursday morning police were told about someone breaking windows with rocks at a business and walking away with framed sports memorabilia.  Allegedly while holding the memorabilia, 54-year-old Craig Hynes of Mendota was taken into custody.  Investigators say even earlier the same morning he broke out windows of another business and stole clothes. 

Hynes is looking at burglary charges pending a mental health evaluation.  Officers say he has a history of committing crimes that have lead to psychological evaluations. 

Hynes is thought to have done “smash and grabs” at a wide range of businesses including a sports and clothing stores, a flower shop and taco restaurant. 

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