Police Confiscate One Real Gun and One Fake While on Patrol PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:25

Over a period of five hours last Tuesday, the San Leandro police officers discovered a loaded gun and a replica pistol while on patrol.

Cops were in the area of West Avenue 135th and Menlo Street on Dec. 9 at around 7:20 p.m. when they saw a group of four young men between the ages of 16 and 21 hanging out on a street corner.

The officers recognized one of the men as being a 21-year-old Oakland resident who was out on probation for robbery, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officers spoke with the young men and discovered that the 16-year-old was also out on probation for robbery. Both had clauses in their probation that allowed police to search them without a warrant.

The 21-year-old was discovered to have a pellet pistol tucked in his waistband that is an exact replica of a real Beretta semiautomatic handgun.

“Carrying a replica firearm such as this causes great concern for law enforcement and the community that we serve,” said Lt. Robert McManus in a written statement. “The fact that it was concealed in the suspect’s waistband, who is on probation for robbery, leads us to believe that he wasn’t carrying it for its intended purpose – target shooting.”

It is not illegal to possess a pellet gun in general, but was a violation of the man’s probation and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office has filed a probation revocation against him and he is currently in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, McManus said.

In a separate incident a few hours later just after midnight, police found a real loaded gun while making a traffic stop in the Greenhouse Marketplace.

An officer spotted a man in a SUV speeding through the parking lot and pulled him over, according to McManus.

During the traffic stop, the driver appeared “very nervous,” according to police and there was also a passenger in the vehicle.

A second officer was called to the scene and illuminated the passenger compartment of the SUV with her flashlight and saw the handle of a handgun sticking out from under the driver’s seat.

Both men were detained by police while the .38 caliber revolver was recovered.

The driver, a 28-year-old Oakland  man, was arrested for carrying a loaded, concealed weapon that was not registered to him. The passenger was not taken into custody.

The driver is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.


Man Found Shot to Death in Car in Driveway on Kenilworth Avenue PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:21

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

A man was found shot to death in a car in his driveway in front of his home on the the 400 block of Kenilworth Avenue last Sunday morning.

Police were called to the scene by a neighbor who reported a car with its engine running in a driveway at about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 14.

When the officers arrived, they found a man in the driver’s seat who had been shot, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His identity has not been released and he is described only as an Hispanic adult.

Shooting ‘Not Random, Police Say

McManus said police are not releasing any more information about the murder at this time because it is an active investigation.

McManus did say that the shooting was not a random crime and they have not ruled out the possibility that the victim or others at the residence may have been involved in “some sort of criminal activity.”

According to department statistics, this is the first homicide of the year in San Leandro.

The police are asking anyone with a security camera in the area for their footage.

Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call the criminal investigation division at 577-3230 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 577-3278.


Sawed-Off Shotgun Spotted PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:59

A man was arrested early Tuesday morning after a patrolling officer pulled him over for a traffic violation and wound up discovering a sawed-off shotgun strapped to his back.

The motorcyclist ran a red light around 12:45 a.m. at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Merced Street, according to police.

The officer pulled him over on the 2300 block of West 133rd Avenue and saw a concealed knife poking out of the suspect’s pant leg. The officer ordered him to the ground and then saw the 12-gauge shotgun sticking out of his jacket.

The driver, 38, was arrested on weapon’s charges and is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $140,000 bail, scheduled for arraignment later this week.

Last year, over 100 illegal guns were found by the San Leandro police, often during searches of vehicles following  what started out as routine traffic stops.


Police Increase Holiday Patrols PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 December 2014 22:50

With the holiday season upon us, the San Leandro police are increasing patrols throughout the city until Christmas.

Additional uniformed, plain clothes, and undercover police officers will be on the job in  neighborhoods and shopping centers throughout the city.

And crime prevention officers and select community volunteers will be visiting the city’s shopping malls and talking with holiday shoppers, while providing them with safety tips, and answering crime prevention questions.

With an increase of residents and visitors in the various shopping malls and restaurants, the San Leandro police department has increased its staffing to ensure that everyone’s holiday season is made as safe and enjoyable as possible, according to Lt. Robert McManus.

Increased patrols will occur in all shopping centers and large retail locations in San Leandro, including Bayfair Center, downtown San Leandro, the Washington Plaza, Pelton Center, Westgate Shopping Center, Marina Square, Greenhouse Marketplace, as well as the Walmart, K-Mart, Orchard Supply and Costco stores.

The safety campaign started off on Black Friday last week, when members of the San Leandro police department’s Explorer Post worked in conjunction with the BART Police Department, escorting shoppers and BART riders between the Bayfair mall and Bayfair BART.

“Our main goal is to prevent and deter crime time together during this holiday season,” said  McManus.

The police remind people to always be aware of their surroundings. Do not walk and text or use your cell phone, as smart phone thefts are on the rise. And don’t be distracted – thefts of personal items can occur if you are distracted, you may not see anyone coming to take your possessions.


DA Fines AT&T for Illegal Dumping PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 December 2014 22:49

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and Attorney General Kamala Harris recently announced a settlement with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T’s California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period.

As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay $23.8 million. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28 million over the next five years to implement the enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement.

The settlement and proposed judgment, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, requires approval from the court before becoming final.

This is the first enforcement action in California against a telecommunications company for its management of electronics waste.

The enforcement action claims that more than 235 AT&T warehouse and dispatch facilities throughout the state unlawfully handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials over a nine-year period. Those hazardous wastes and materials primarily consisted of electronic equipment, batteries, aerosol cans, as well as certain gels, liquids and other items used by AT&T service technicians in delivering telephone, Internet and video services to residential and business customers in California.

In 2011, inspectors from the Alameda County DA’s Office Environmental Protection Division and investigators from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control conducted a series of waste inspections of dumpsters belonging to AT&T warehouse and dispatch facilities. The inspections revealed that AT&T was routinely sending hazardous wastes to local landfills.

There are 13 AT&T facilities in Alameda County and all were found to be dumping waste.


SLPD Report: 11-13-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:03

Burglars Nabbed

Three men were arrested for burglarizing a home on the 600 block of Victoria Court Sunday.

A neighbor called police after seeing three men she did not recognize walking in a yard at about 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 9, according to Sgt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Officers arrived and found that the home had been broken into. They found the suspects nearby using a police dog.

Several items that were stolen form the house were located outside.

Washington Manor Break-ins

Police are looking for a suspect in a pair of burglaries in the Washington Manor area.

Police investigated two burglaries on the 15000 blocks of Crosby and Endicott street  on the morning of Oct. 28 and the homes backed up to each other.

The Crosby Street home was burglarized and some jewelry was stolen. During the investigation, the police spoke with the Edicott Street homeowner, who told them that her rear window screen had been cut with a knife, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Police say that both crimes may have been committed by the same suspect, who was scared off when he discovered the Endicott Street home was occupied.

Neighbors said they saw a man in area who didn’t live there and described him as an African-American male, between the ages of 20 and 25, about 6-feet tall, with the medium build and short black hair.

Police say they don’t know if the man is connected with the burglaries. but they would like to identify and interview him. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the San Leandro police at 577-3230 or the  anonymous tip line at 577-3278.


SLPD Report: 11-06-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:53

High Speed Chase

A suspected car thief led police on a high-speed chase into San Lorenzo last week.

An officer was patrolling on Alvarado Street around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in cop car equipped with a license-plate reader.

The computer told him a car in the area was reported stolen, according to Lt. Bob McManus of the San Leandro police

The officer attempted to stop the driver, but the driver fled to southbound I-880, hitting speeds of 90 m.p.h before exiting in San Lorenzo and abandoning the car to flee on foot in the 15800 block of Via Alamitos.

Police dogs from the sheriff’s department were called in and they found the suspect in the yard of a nearby residence.

Two Car Thieves Caught

Two men were arrested for vehicle theft after on Oct. 20 at about 3:45 a.m. A resident on the 600 block of Valita Avenue called police after seeing a man remove items from the bed of a pick-up truck parked on the street, according to Lt. Bob McManus of the San Leandro police.

Officers arrived in an unmarked car to observe the situation and they discovered that the truck had previously been reported stolen to the Oakland police.

A second suspect arrived on the scene in another car and entered a residence that police say is known for criminal activity. Police decided to conduct a probation search on that home and several people fled out of the back.

The suspect who arrived in the car and the man who witnesses identified as having taken the items from the truck were arrested inside the house.

The car was also found to have been reported stolen and drugs were also found in the car.


SLPD Report: 10-30-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:27

Suspect in Two Robberies

A man was arrested for two robberies last week after allegedly stealing from a grocery store and a restaurant.

The suspect tried to  hold up Ernie’s Seafood at 13775 East 14th Street at around 4 p.m. on Oct. 20, according to the SLPD.

An employee chased him out of the restaurant and officers arrived and found the suspect nearby.

The suspect, a 22-year-old San Lorenzo man, was arrested after initially resisting police.

Officers investigating the Ernie’s robbery realized that the suspect might have also committed a robbery that had been reported at the FoodMax at 6999 Lewelling Boulevard earlier that day.

A FoodMax employee was driven to the scene of the second crime and identified the suspect. No weapons were used in either robbery and no one was injured.

The suspect was arrested for robbery, attempted robbery, committing a crime while out on bail, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.


Man Arrested for Touching Young Girls PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:28

Police arrested a man last week for allegedly groping two young girls at two stores.

On the evening of Oct. 13 at 7:45 p.m., police say a man entered the Walmart at 15555 Hesperian Boulevard and followed two sisters around the store.

The suspect inappropriately touched the older sister, who screamed, scaring him away, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Minutes later, at around 8 p.m., the suspect entered the Target at Bayfair mall and allegedly touched another young girl before her mother confronted him and he ran away.

On Wednesday, after police posted surveillance footage of the man, an off-duty Berkeley police community service officer spotted a man matching the description from the video at the 7-Eleven on the 15100 block of Hesperian Boulevard.

Police tracked  the man from the 7-Eleven to his job at a parking garage in San Mateo and placed him under arrest.

The man who was arrested has been identified by police as Christopher German, 20. He was charged with two felony counts of lewd acts and is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $200,000 bail.


Mugging Victim Says Thanks PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:28

Sonia Garcia had her purse snatched as she was walking in the parking lot of the CitiBank on the 1300 block of East 14th Street downtown Monday afternoon.

That’s enough to ruin anyone’s day, but Garcia says the mugging actually left her feeling positive after four good Samaritans stepped in to help her out.

Right after the purse was snatched, passersby William King, Raul Rico, and Matt Castro snapped into action, following the suspect and giving the police his description. The man was arrested hours later, Garcia said.

That evening, Garcia received a call from Gloria Florez who found the purse outside her home on Joaquin Avenue. Surprisingly, only the cash was missing and the thief didn’t take jewelry and other valuables that Garcia had in the purse.

“It shows that if everybody out there pulls together and looks out for each other, it’s better for everyone,” said Garcia. “It’s a good practice.”


SLPD Report: 10-23-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:27

Pot Bust at Smoky Home

Three men were arrested for an illegal marijuana growing operation earlier this month when the pot was discovered after police were called to investigate reports of smoke coming out of a home.

On Oct. 10,  at around 10:45 p.m., smoke was coming out of the home on the 400 block of Linnell Avenue. The officer who arrived to the scene smelled an odor of marijuana, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Inside, officers discovered 380 pot plants and 64 pounds of processed marijuana. Outside, they discovered more than three pounds of pot in a parked car. The estimated value is $465,000.

The men, age 39, 34, and 20 and all San Leandro residents, were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana for sale.


Cop Shoots at Suspect on Woodlawn PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:00

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

A San Leandro police officer shot at a suspect who rammed his patrol car early Sunday morning, but it is unknown if the suspect was hit.

A uniformed officer patrolling on the 13600 block of East 14th Street spotted a person driving recklessly at around 4:30 a.m., according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The cop tried to pull the suspect over, but he would not stop, leading the police officer on a high-speed chase for a about 2 miles into a residential neighborhood on Woodland Avenue.

The suspect turned his vehicle around on the Woodland Park cul de sac and accelerated to ram into the pursuing officer, McManus said.

The patrol car was hit head-on, causing moderate damage to the car, but the officer was not injured.

The officer fired at the driver in self-defense, McManus said.

The suspect drove off and police do not know if he was hit  or injured.

Police are not releasing the name of the officer involved in the shooting, saying only that he is a veteran officer and that he has been placed on a paid administrative leave for up to three days, as is policy when an officer fires his or her weapon.

The suspect remans at large. Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call the San Leandro police at 577-2740 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 577-3278.




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