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IRS Warns Against Tax Season ID Theft PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:53

The IRS is warning taxpayers to watch out for email and website scams “phishing” for personal information this tax season.

The IRS won’t send you an unsolicited email about your refund out of the blue, so they are urging people not to click on any emails claiming to be from the IRS if you haven’t initiated contact with them.

The phishing emails prompt users for personal information, such as social security numbers, and can be used to steal identities and commit financial fraud.

If you receive an unsolicited email from someone claiming to be from the IRS, report it by sending it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The agency says that at this time of the year the scams are more prevalent.

 

 
Officers Arrest Four Men in Pot Raid PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:25

Officers raided homes in San Leandro, San Jose, and Fairfield during the first week of January, discovering more than 2,700 marijuana planst, according to Fairfield  police.

Four men (two from San Leandro) were arrested between Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 after a months-long, multi-agency investigation.

Police raided three homes and found them converted into marijuana growing operations and also recovered $52,000 in cash as well as multiple pounds of processed pot.

The home that was raided in San Leandro is located on the 2000 block of Sweetwater Drive.

Additional search warrants were executed in the days following the raids in San Lorenzo and Berkeley. Officers found over $30,000 in cash that they believe came from drug sales.

 

 
License Plate Readers Help Cops Find Two Stolen Cars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:08

The San Leandro police say they were able to recover two stolen vehicles using their license plate reading cameras in late December.

A patrol car with a license plate reader was parked in the area of East 14th Street and Durant Avenue on Dec. 22 at around 11 a.m.

The reader scanned a license plate and  received an alert about a Nissan that was driving past, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officer stopped the Nissan and the 22-year-old driver was arrested after he was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest for previous robberies and a parole violation.

The 19-year-old passenger was arrested for auto theft after officers discovered that she had been previously named a suspect in the theft of a family member’s car, but the district attorney’s office later dismissed the charge.

In a second incident on Dec. 23, an officer patrolling with a license palter reader in the Marina Square parking lot located a stolen car around 9:40 p.m.

The vehicle was unoccupied and eventually returned to its owner in Oakland.

 

 
High-Speed Police Chase on I-880 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:03

A suspect led Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase from Hayward, through San Leandro, and into Oakland on I-880 last week.

Deputies spotted a mini-van with a license plate that was registered to a pickup truck in the area of C and Main street in Hayward around 3 a.m. on Jan 2, according to reports.

When they tried to pull the van over, the driver stopped and got out of the car and ran away and was not caught.

One of the three other men in the van jumped into the driver’s seat and took off, beginning a car chase that reached up to 100 m.p.h. on I-880.

During the pursuit, the suspects threw drugs out of the windows of the van that landed on a cop car’s windshield.

The chase ended in Oakland when the van got a flat tire near Oak Street and crashed into the center divide in I-980.

The driver tried to flee on foot was caught quickly near the scene of the crash and arrested on a variety of charges including suspicion of resisting arrest, disregarding public safety, and parole violations and is being held in lieu of $190,000 bail and will be arraigned this week.

The other two occupants of the van were questioned and released for lack of evidence, according to the sheriff’s department.

 

 
Arrests Made, Cars Found Following Police Chases PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 02 January 2015 23:02

Four people were arrested and three stolen cars were recovered following multiple police car chases last week.

An officer was patrolling the area of Bancroft Avenue and Dowling Boulevard at around 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 when he saw a gold Infinity being followed by a black Nissan.

Both cars went through a stop sign without stopping, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The cars proceeded onto Bancroft Avenue towards Oakland and the officer tried to stop them, but both fled, beginning a car chase into Oakland.

The officer called in the license plate of the Nissan and discovered that it had been stolen in Hayward.The chase proceeded up 98th Avenue and towards I-580. The Infinity turned on to MacArthur Boulevard and fled.

The cop kept pursuing the Nissan which led him into a residential neighborhood between MacArthur Boulevard and I-580.

The Nissan turned around  on a dead-end street and began accelerating towards the officer, the officer drove in reverse to escape, eventually pulling to the side to allow the Nissan to pass.

The chase began again, but the officer ended it a short time later as it reached a high rate of speed in the wrong lane.

Other officers arrived in the area and located the Nissan on 94th Avenue.

They pursued the driver and at some point the vehicle became mechanically disabled. The 15 and 16-year-old occupants of the car were both arrested.

During that pursuit, an officer spotted an Acura on the 7300 block of MacArthur Boulevard that had been reported stolen earlier that same night.

The officer tried to stop the Acura’s driver, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed and the officer called off the chase as being unsafe.

Oakland cops later found that car unoccupied  and recovered it but no one was arrested.

Later that evening, Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies spotted the Infinity from the first chase and discovered that it had been reported stolen from the 500 block of Victoria Avenue and pursued that car, eventually arresting the driver.

 

 
Woman Mugged at Mall During Christmas Rush PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 02 January 2015 23:01

A car-jacked vehicle was used during a robbery and violent assault at Bayfair mall last week.

A woman was going to her car in the mall parking lot near the Kohl’s store on Dec. 23 just before 10 p.m. when she was attacked by an unknown assailant.

The victim was punched in the face and her purse was ripped from her shoulder by a man, according to Lt.. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspect fled with her bag and got into a nearby vehicle  and drove off.

Witnesses were able to record the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect fled in, a 2006 black Honda Accord.

Police say the car had been reported as having been car-jacked from another victim in Oakland earlier that day.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the assault.

 

 
Loaded Glock and Pot Found Hidden in Car PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 02 January 2015 22:59

Police found a pistol and high-capacity magazine after stopping a car near the intersection of Callan Avenue and Bancroft Avenue last week.

Patrolling officers spotted a speeding BMW on Dec. 15 at around 7 p.m. that matched the description they had of a car that had previously been involved in a crime, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The cops put on their lights and sirens and tried to pull the car over and the suspect didn’t stop.

The driver did slow down, continuing for four blocks before finally stopping.

The driver, a 24-year-old Berkeley man, was found to be on probation.

The passenger, a 25-year-old Vallejo man, was found to be on federal probation for a firearms offense.

The police also smelled a odor of burnt marijuana in the car and searched it, finding about open once of the drug near the car’s center console, McManus said.

In their search of the car, the officers also found an unregistered .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun concealed behind the vehicle’s glove compartment.

The gun had a bullet in the chamber and a loaded 31-round magazine next to it.

Both men were arrested.

 

 
Police Arrest Four Teens for Armed Carjacking Following Car Chases PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 26 December 2014 14:41

Four men were arrested for an armed carjacking following three separate car chases last Thursday.

A man was in his driveway on the 200 block of Bristol Boulevard at around 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 18 when he was approached by four suspects, one of them armed with a handgun.

The man’s car was stolen and some of the suspects followed it out of the area in another car, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Police spotted the stolen car minutes later and the suspects led the officers on a high-speed pursuit on I-580. McManus said that after a short time, the officers determined the chase was unsafe and called it off after broadcasting the vehicle description to other law enforcement agencies.

A few minutes later,  Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies spotted the car in Oakland, chasing it and eventually losing sight of it on Seminary Avenue.

A while later, San Leandro officers saw the car parked on 76th Avenue in Oakland. Police watched the car and tried to stop it after four men entered the vehicle.

Once again, the suspects fled and led the officers on a car chase.

Oakland police and a helicopter from that department joined the pursuit. On the 4700 block of Walnut Street, the suspects got out of the car and ran in different directions in a residential neighborhood.

Police dogs were used to find the men, who were in various yards and one was in a homeowner’s shed. Two of the suspects were treated for minor injures sustained from the dogs.

The police later discovered that the vehicle used to follow the carjacked car had  been reported stolen earlier that evening from Santa Clara County.

The suspects were young men ages 16 to 18 from Berkeley, Oakland, and Hayward. They were arrested for suspicion of carjacking

The 18-year-old suspect was found to have a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol when he was apprehended and also faces weapons charges. He is scheduled for arraignment at the Hayward Hall of Justice later this week.

 

 
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.

 

 

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