Crime
SLPD Report: 04-17-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:24

Robbed with Replica

A man with a replica handgun tried to steal from the downtown Safeway last week.

An employee spotted the suspect shoplifting on April 9 at around 2 p.m. and confronted him in the store, police said.

The suspect lifted up his shirt, exposing what appeared to be a gun tucked into his pants.

The suspect then fled the store and rode away on a bike. Police found him a few minutes later.

It was then discovered that the gun was a fake. The suspect, a 36-year-old Oakland man, was arrested for attempted robbery.

Parole Sweep

Police did a parole and probation search last week and made six felony arrests during the sweep.

The SLPD checked on 15 parolees to make sure they were following the conditions of their parole, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

During the sweep, they also found three illegal firearms and 16 pounds of illegal drugs.

Neighbor Bashes Neighbor

Police got a call about an assault in progress on the 400 block of Joaquin Avenue just before 2 a.m. on April 11.

When they arrived, the suspect had fled the scene and they found a victim suffering from a head wound, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

The victim told the cops that his neighbor was upset with the victim’s girlfriend and the two men got in an argument.

The victim said that the neighbor hit him over the head with a pipe, which was found at the scene.

The victim was treated at the hospital and is in stable condition. The neighbor is under investigation.

 

 
SLPD Report: 04-10-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:34

Man Tied Up and Assaulted During Home Invasion

A man was tied up at gunpoint during a home invasion robbery last week.

Two men broke into a man’s home on the 1100 block of Donovan Drive (just north of Davis Street) last Wednesday at around 2:30 p.m. and tied him up during the robbery, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

The victim was blindfolded and sprayed with pepper spray while the suspects ransacked his place.

The armed man pointed the gun at the victim while the other man tied him up, Brandt said.

The suspects fled with stolen items and the victim was able to free himself and seek help from a neighbor who called police.

No arrests have been made so far, Brandt said.

“This type of robbery, a home invasion, with someone coming in and attacking a person who is home, is very, very rare,” said Brandt. “It’s a very scary thing, but, thankfully, not something we see a lot of in San Leandro. There’s no update yet as far as leads or suspects.”

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

 

 
Woman, Son Carjacked At Gunpoint PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:01

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

A woman and her young son were carjacked at gunpoint in their own driveway last week.

The woman and her 12-year-old son had just pulled into their driveway on the 500 block of Broadmoor Boulevard when four suspects approached their car, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

One of the four men had a gun and demanded the woman’s purse. She complied and she and her son exited their car and the four suspects got in and took off in the Honda SUV.

About a half hour later, San Leandro police located the vehicle parked on MacArthur Boulevard, near the intersection of Frazier Avenue in Oakland.

The suspects were not located. They are all described as African-American males in their late teens to early 20s, McManus said.

Police returned the victim’s SUV to her.

“Fortunately, carjacking and those types of crimes are very rare here in San Leandro,” said Lt. Rick DeCosta. “It doesn’t happen a lot, but they are very scary.”

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the San Leandro Police’s criminal investigations division at 577-3230 or contact the department’s anonymous tip line at 577-3278.

 

 
Burglar Gets Away After Car Chase PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:18

A burglary suspect led San Leandro police on a car chase that ended when he collided with a parked car on Castro Street near Williams Street on Tuesday afternoon, but he ran and got away.

A witness reported a man fleeing a residential burglary on Karol Way just after noon, according to Sgt. Doug Calcagno of the San Leandro police.

The cops spotted the man and chased him during a short pursuit downtown on East 14th Street.

The suspect then fled on foot into a nearby residential area, Calcagno said.

The officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog to search the yards, but could not find the man.

 

 
SLPD Report: 04-03-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:00

Truck Scammer

Police believe a suspect is trying to scam people in the industrial area.

The scammer approached a victim on Farallon Drive, just east of Doolittle Drive, on March 25 at around 11:45 a.m.

The scammer came up to the driver of a semi-truck and said that he had observed the truck producing a lot of smoke, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The driver then inspected his truck and, while he was distracted, the suspect rummaged through the truck’s cab and stole the driver’s cell phone before running away. Brandt said the police department fears that this scam will be run on other drivers.

Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call the San Leandro police criminal investigation division at 577-3230.

Craigslist Puppy Thief

The police caught a puppy thief last week when they nabbed a man who stole two young German Shepherds from their rightful owner last Wednesday evening.

Someone broke into the owner’s Livermore home and stole the puppies and then tried to sell them on Craigslist, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The owner recognized the puppies on the website and set up a sting. She met with the suspect in San Leandro and, when she confronted him, he ran away.

The owner called police and they tracked down the suspect, a 20-year-old San Leandro man, and he had one of the puppies with him. He later led the police to the location of the second puppy.

Police aren’t releasing the location, pending further investigation.

Both dogs were unharmed and reunited with their owner.

 

 
SLPD Report: 03-27-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:27

Man Arrested for Harassing Middle School Student

A man was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly forcibly kissing a Bancroft Middle School student.

The suspect turned himself in on March 19 at around 2:30 p.m. after a boy reported that he was assaulted early that morning, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

According to the boy’s report, the man, who is said to be in his 60s, stopped for gas and accosted a group of students who where in the area.

The gas station is right across the street from the school.

The man apparently grabbed a boy from the group around the head and tried to force a kiss, San Leandro police said.

The students ran away and school authorities took photos of the suspect’s car.

Hours later, he turned himself in and was placed under arrest for harassment, Brandt said.

The suspect’s name is not being released at this time, pending further investigation.

In February,  another Bancroft student reported being verbally harassed by a stranger on her way to school, but no arrest was made in that case.

Sleepy Car Thief

A man was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle after falling asleep inside of it last week.

A cop who was patrolling near the intersection of Alvarado and Williams streets saw a man asleep in a car that had its headlights lit on March 19 at just a few minutes after 10 p.m.

The officer checked the license plate and it showed up as being reported stolen from Oakland, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The officer woke up the driver, a 31-year-old man from Oakland, and arrested him

Gun Found During Traffic Stop

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a man for possession of a stolen firearm last Friday morning,

A patrolling officer made a stop for a traffic violation on March 21 at around 1 a.m. and discovered an illegal loaded gun in the car.

A 46-year-old man from El Sobrante was placed under arrest at the scene.

 

 
Bank Robbery Suspect Caught PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:06

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

The Citibank downtown was robbed Monday afternoon and a man was arrested for the crime just a few minutes later.

A man approached a teller at the bank at 1300 East 14th Street at around 11:30 a.m. on March 17. He handed her a note that demanded money, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police. The suspect did not appear to be armed.

The employee cooperated and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The employees were able to give police a good description of the man and about five minutes later, a patrolling officer spotted a man matching the description running through Washington Plaza, just a short distance from the bank, and arrested him, Brandt said.

This was the seventh bank robbery in San Leandro since the beginning of the year, a figure that is higher than the number of bank robberies usually seen in town over the course of an entire year.

But Brandt said that one bright spot is the fact that the police have solved six of the seven crimes.

In one case, the same suspect was responsible for two of the robberies and another suspect was connected to three of the robberies.

Brandt said that the suspect in Monday’s Citibank robbery may be involved in other heists in San Leandro or surrounding cities. He said the department is currently working with other local law enforcement agencies to find any connections, so details about the suspect and the crime are not being released yet.

Police ask anyone with information about the crime to call the San Leandro police criminal investigations division at 577-3230 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 577-3278.

 

 
SLPD Report: 03-20-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:04

Googling Leads to Arrest

A man turned himself in after Googling himself and finding out he was on Northern California’s Most Wanted website for a crime he committed in San Leandro.

The 27-year old man from Palo Alto attended a private party held at the Senior Community Center at 13909 East 14th Street last August 8.

After the party, he got into a fight with some fellow revelers and allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired a few rounds into the ground, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

As he was taken away from the area by partygoers, he fired a few more rounds. He was wanted for firing a weapon into an inhabited  building, Brandt said.

He was apparently unaware that he was wanted by police for over six months.

Gun and Drug Arrest

A patrolling officer arrested  a man for drug possession and a stolen gun after observing him and his friends acting suspiciously.

A cop was driving on the 15500 block of Montreal Street at around 4 p.m. on March 14 when he saw three men standing outside a residence and when the men spotted the cop, one of them ran off.

The officer spoke with the two remaining men and while he was interviewing them, the third man returned, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

Believing that the man who ran might have gone to throw something away, the officer  called for a police dog to search the area. The dog found methamphetamine and a gun nearby.

Shot Fired into Home

A man was arrested for allegedly shooting a gun into his ex-girlfriend’s home.

Police arrived to the home on the 1200 block of Pacific Avenue at around 10:45 p.m. on March 15 and saw that the front door had been shot, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The victim said her boyfriend, a 62-year-old San Ramon resident, was responsible. He had already fled the scene but officers found him on Marina Boulevard and placed him under arrest.

Scanner Finds Stolen Car

A man was arrested for stealing a car with the help of a license plate-reading patrol car.

A police car equipped with a camera that scans license plates and records photos of cars received an alert that a stolen car was located on the 15600 block of Hesperian Boulevard on March 16 just before 8 p.m.

The driver, a 47-year-old Hayward man, was arrested.

 

 
SLPD Report: 03-13-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:27

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest; Armed Man Gets Away

A traffic stop led to an arrest for drug possession but a second suspect who was armed got away

A patrolling officer tried to stop a car for a traffic violation on Davis Street, near the intersection with east 14th Street on March 6 at around 11 a.m.

The driver refused to pull over and led police on a chase into Oakland, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The driver abandoned the car on the 9600 block of Walnut Street in Oakland and took off on foot. One officer spotted him throw a gun into the bushes. Officers later recovered the gun and it was found to be loaded

Despite using police dogs to search for him, the driver got away.

The passenger stayed at the scene where the car stopped. When he was searched by police, they found drugs in his possession, so he was arrested.

Burglar Caught

A man was arrested for burglary last week after breaking into a house and setting off the alarm.

Police were contacted by an alarm company on March 5 at around 11 a.m. that an alarm had been triggered on the 1100 block of Hyde Street.

When they arrived, they found that a kitchen window was open and the home had been burglarized, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

One officer spotted the suspect running away form the scene and they caught him nearby.

The man was who arrested was identified as a 19-year-old form Oakland. He is currently being held at Santa Rita jail in Dublin on $50,000 bail.

 

 
SLPD Report: 03-06-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:59

Arsonist Arrested

A woman was arrested for arson on Feb. 23 after officers spotted her fleeing the scene of a fire.

Officers arrived on the 15200 block of Hesperian Boulevard at around 4 a.m. and saw a shed on fire, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

Witnesses told the cops that they saw a suspicious woman in the area and then the officers spotted a person matching that description nearby and placed her under arrest.

Drunk Driver Runs Away

Police arrested a man who fled the scene after a suspected drunk driving collision into a pole.

The cops were called to Marina Boulevard near the intersection of San Leandro Boulevard.

Once they arrived, they discovered that a concrete pillar had been hit and saw a damaged car a short distance away, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The cops found the driver, a 30-year-old San Leandro man, nearby and arrested him.

Credit Card Scammers

A traffic stop led to a woman and man being arrested for credit card fraud just after midnight on Feb. 20 on the 600 block of MacArthur Boulevard.

Police pulled over a car and discovered several credit cards that did not belong to the driver or passenger and they were both arrested, according to Lt.  Randy Brandt of the San Leandro Police department.

Burglary Tip Off

Police discovered burglary tools in a car while making a traffic stop on the 500 block of Floresta Boulevard Feb. 19 just before 2 p.m.

An undercover officer tipped off a patrolling officer, who conducted a traffic stop and  found the driver in possession on pry tools, window smashing devices, and gloves.

The 24-year-old San Leandro man was arrested.

Burglar Arrested

A man was arrested for burglary of a residence on Feb. 27 on the 110 block of Camelia Court at around 12:30 p.m.

A neighbor reported a suspicious hanging around the home and when police arrived, they found a home had been broken into via a pried open front door, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

Investigators were able to locate a residential video camera and  reviewed the footage. The camera captured the license plate, traced to a 31-year-old Oakland man, who was also found in possession of stolen property.

 

 
Scammers Posing as Utility Crew PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:19

Three people are wanted for theft after posing as utility workers to break into home.

On Feb. 22 at around 2 p.m., two men and one woman came to a home on  the 800 block of Kenyon Avenue and went to the backyard, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

When the resident approached them, they claimed to be with a water company. One of them was carrying a clipboard.

The homeowner didn’t buy it and immediately asked them to leave. The last they were seen, they were headed towards I-580 in a pickup truck.

The male suspects are both described as white, their 30s, both 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall. The woman is white, about 30-years-old, thin with dark hair that has light highlighted tips.

Brandt said that similar scams have been popping up all over the East Bay.

 

 
SLPD Report: 02-27-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:18

Teens Arrested in Stolen Vehicle Following Carjacking

Five Oakland teenagers have been arrested for stealing a car.

On Feb. 19 at around 10:40 a.m., a patrolling officer was on the 1200 block of Marina Boulevard.

The officer’s car was equipped with a license plate-reading scanner and a car that drove by tripped the system as being reported stolen, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The car had been reported stolen following a carjacking in Oakland earlier that same day.

The officer tried to pull the car over, but the driver sped away.

The car led poice on a chase which ended near the intersection of East 14th Street and Fairmont Avenue.

When the car stopped, five people hopped out and tried to run on foot, but police captured them quickly.

All five were arrested for being in a stolen car.

Cops Chase to Driver to SF

A woman was arrested for possession of a stolen car last Sunday at around 2 a.m. after a car chase that started in the 1700 block of 141st Street

A patrolling officer spotted a car that he recognized as stolen and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled onto I-580, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The driver stopped and dropped off a passenger near the on ramp. SLPD officers detained the passenger, a 43-year-old Hayward man.

The officers then began chasing the driver, later identified as a 37-year-old Fairfield woman.

The chase stretched all the way into San Francisco, where the driver was eventually stopped by the CHP officers.

She was arrested to felony evading, possession of a stolen car, and possession of methamphetamine, Brandt said.

 

 

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