Assault Rifles Found at Pot Grow House PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:05

After a two month-long undercover investigation, San Leandro police made three arrests in a marijuana growing operation, which included the discovery of assault weapons that were made to look like toys in addition to the drugs.

The investigation began after an anonymous tipster told police that homes on the 14500 block of Maricaibo Road and the 2100 block of Marina Boulevard were marijuana growing sites, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The investigation led to the police obtaining search warrants, and the raids were both conducted last Thursday, Sept. 4.

Police found a 30-year-old man at the home on Marina Boulevard and inside discovered two partially assembled AK-47 rifles with orange plastic tips placed over the barrels, which are used to distinguish toy guns.

In the home, the cops also found three AR-15 rifles with missing serial numbers.

McManus said the guns can take 30-round magazines which can pierce body armor, making them illegal to own.

The suspect had keys on his person which opened the door of the Maricaibo Road home and police also had a warrant to search it.

Inside they found two more male suspects, a 30-year-old and a 24-year-old. The police caught them in the act of harvesting marijuana plants, according to McManus.

There were additional pot plants in the home’s bedrooms and garage, with a total street value of $119,000, police said.

Officers also found $45,556 in cash and eight pounds of fully processed marijuana.

Additionally, the PG&E electrical panel in the Maricaibo Road home has been illegally tampered with, creating what McManus called a “dangerous electrical issue”

All three suspects were arrested for drug charges and theft of electrical power. The Marina Boulevard suspect was also arrested for possession of assault weapon.

All three were released on bail totaling $290,000 and are scheduled to appear in court this week.

— By Amy Sylvestri

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:03

Cash for Stolen Gold

Two men were arrested for burglary after stealing jewelry from Bayfair mall and selling it to a cash-for-gold store.

On Sept. 2 at noon, a 25-year-old Richmond man entered John’s Jewelers in the mall and presented the clerk with a fake identification card and asked to look at a $3,000 gold necklace.

When the clerk handed the suspect the necklace, the suspect fled the store on foot and got into a car being driven by an accomplice, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The police looked over surveillance footage and identified the getaway car. Additional officer found the car parked in front of a cash-for-gold shop in East Oakland. The cops watched the men leave the shop and then pulled them over on the 1400 block of 66th Avenue.

The store clerk identified the suspect and he and the 23-year-old Oakland man who was driving were both arrested.

Suspect Threatens Cop

A man threatened a police officer with a tool last week after officers approached a pair of suspects for behaving suspiciously near a school.

Two officers were driving on Williams Street on their way to interview a witness in another investigation on Sept. 3 at around 8:30 a.m. when they spotted the men near John Muir Middle School.

The officers said the men were looking at the students who were arriving for school and also looking at parked cars nearby, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officers approached the men and stopped them to question them. One of the men was wearing a heavy coast and reached inside the pockets while backing away from the officer in spite of being told to stop. The other man complied with the officers.

The man in the coat turned to run. One cop stayed with the compliant suspect and the other chased the suspect that was fleeing.

The man in the coat ran for about five blocks, when he stopped and took an awl out of his pocket and took what McManus called “an aggressive, fighting stance.” The officer who was chasing him was about 20 feet away. He took out his gun and the suspect thew the awl over a nearby fence and surrendered.

Both men were found to have warrants and were arrested.


Man Beaten in Front of His Home PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:35

A man was beaten and robbed by passersby while standing in front of his home and talking on his phone Monday morning.

On Sept. 1 at around 2 a.m., the man was standing near his home on the 700 block of Barri Drive when three suspects approached him, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the SLPD.

One of the suspects punched the victim and the other two  grabbed his iPhone and then all three ran off.

The phone was found thrown into some bushes in a neighbor’s yard down the street.

The suspects are Hispanic men, age 17 to 20 and all wearing black pants and hoodies.


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Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:34

Burglar Found in Home

A witness tipped police off after spotting a suspicious man in a neighbor’s yard, leading to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

Last Friday just before 9 a.m., a resident on the 1400 block of Burkhart Street called police and said a stranger was in a neighbor’s backyard.

When police responded, they received a second call reporting a prowler nearby on the 1700 block of London Avenue, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the SLPD.

When cops arrived on London Avenue, they found a side door to the garage open and various items scattered on the ground, including a computer and a crow bar.

The officers believed the suspect was still inside and surrounded the home.

The suspect, a 18-year-old man from Pittsburg, exited the home and was arrested.

The suspect was identified as the man who had been in the yard on Burkhart Street. The stolen items were returned to their owner.

Neighbor Spots Thief

A man was arrested for breaking into a home on the 400 block of Castro Street on Aug. 29 just after 9 a.m.

A neighbor called police to report that he saw a man get out of a Lexus and jump over a fence into a backyard.

The homeowner told  police heard someone knocking on his door and trying to force the handle, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro Police Department.

The man ran away, but officers caught up with him in his car nearby and arrested the 26-year-old Oakland man.

Getaway Driver Caught

An alleged getaway driver was arrested after another man broke into the Affordable Overnight Shipping Company on the 2100 block of Edison Avenue just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

An employee there saw a man throw a rock through the front window and called the cops, who found a parked Chevy Suburban in the otherwise empty shopping center.

The driver, a 59-year-old Oakland man, was questioned and during the interview, police ran his plates and discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen from Oakland on Aug. 31.

McManus says the police believe the man they arrested was acting as a getaway driver for a burglar. Police are checking surveillance cameras to track down the burglar.


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Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:30

Driver Speeds Away with Loaded Gun

A driver led police on a chase through the north area Monday afternoon after failing to yield to a police traffic stop.

A patrolling officer tried to pull a car over near the intersection of Bancroft and Durant avenues just after noon on Aug. 25, but when the officer got out of his car to speak with the suspect, the driver sped off, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officer gave chase, eventually catching up with driver on the 2600 block of 98th Avenue in Oakland. The driver never slowed down, but crashed into a cement walk in the driveway of a residence.

CHP officers reported to the site and assisted the San Leandro police in arresting the 27-year-old driver, an Oakland resident.

The suspect was found to be in possession in $12,000 cash, as well as marijuana, cocaine, and drug packaging materials. Police also found an empty box of semiautomatic ammunition in the car,

Motorcycle Theft

Police arrested a man for theft after identifying a motorcycle he had been driving as reported stolen last week.

On Aug. 22 at around 11:20 p.m., a cop spotted a motorcycle parked on the sidewalk of the 1600 block of Morgan Avenue and recognized the plate as reported stolen, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The driver, a 24-year-old San Leandro man, approached the motorcycle wearing gloves, a jacket, and helmet. When he got on the bike, police arrested him for possession of a stolen vehicle. The motorcycle was later returned to the owner.

Another Gun at Bayfair

A 18-year-old man was arrested for burglary at Macy’s in the Bayfair Mall over the weekend.

Last Sunday, the suspect was caught by plain-clothes security agent in the store as he attempted to shove $340 worth of clothing in his backpack and leave the store without paying.

The security guards stopped him outside the mall and waited for police.

When they searched his bag, the police found a loaded .38 caliber handgun, according to the San Leandro police.

The suspect was arrested for possession of a loaded and concealed firearm, and burglary.

The suspect  is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $2,500 bail.


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Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:52

Bayfair BART Stabbing

A Berkeley man was arrested last week for allegedly stabbing another man in the torso at the Bayfair BART station earlier this month.

The incident took place on Aug. 9 after the suspect, age 20, got into an argument with the victim, according to BART spokesman Jim Allison.

BART police say the two men did not know each other. The victim was treated and released for non-life-threatening injures.

The arrest was made last Thursday after BART police investigated descriptions given by witnesses and several said the suspect was known to frequent BART stops.

Police found him at the Bayfair station on Aug. 14 and placed him under arrest.

Rohan to the Rescue

A police dog helped capture a car thief who was armed and high on methamphetamine early Monday morning.

Rohan, the San Leandro police dog who won a search competition last weekend, took down the suspect with the help of his trainer, Officer Dennis Mally.

At around 1 a.m. on Aug. 18, police were called to the 1100 block of Victoria Avenue to investigate an auto theft, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Minutes later, police found the missing car parked on the 500 block of Superior Avenue and saw the occupant of the car run off on foot.

A perimeter was set up, but officers could not immediately find the suspect — a 36-year-old Oakland man.

Inside the car, cops found a bullet-proof vest and tools used in auto thefts.

Using the police dog, the suspect was found in a backyard shed on the 1100 block of Dutton Avenue.

The suspect tried to escape the shed by kicking out a wall and running, but the dog quickly tracked him down and apprehended him, McManus said.

The cops also found a loaded handgun on the suspect, which was discovered to have been reported stolen in Oregon a few weeks ago.

The suspect is being held in lieu of $222,500 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.


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Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:29

DUI Driver and Armed Passenger

A driver and his passenger were arrested after police found a loaded gun during a stop for suspicion of DUI.

An officer patrolling the 600 block of MacArthur Boulevard last Saturday at around 1:30 a.m. got a call from dispatch that a car in the area was swerving and the driver may have been under the influence.

The officer found a car matching the description and pulled it over, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The officer determined that the driver, a 26-year-old Oakland man, was intoxicated and placed him under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

When the officer searched the car, he found a loaded gun inside the vehicle that belonged to a passenger, a 19-year-old Oakland man, and arrested him as well.

Traffic Stop Gun Arrest

A man was arrested after cops found an illegal loaded gun hidden in his car after a traffic stop last Friday.

The officer was patrolling Marina Boulevard, near Alvarado Street, when he saw a driver make a traffic violation and pulled him over, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

The officer spotted a gun on the console of the vehicle and arrested the suspect, a 26-year-old San Leandro man.

Scanner Spots Stolen Car

A man was arrested for possession of a stolen car after police spotted him with the aid of a license plate scanning patrol car.

An officer driving on East 14th Street near 136th Avenue saw the car at around noon on Aug. 9, and the scanner alerted him that it had been reported stolen by BART police, according to Lt. Randy Brandt. The officer pulled over the 55-year-old driver, a San Leandro resident, and arrested him.


Sex Assault Suspect Sought by Police PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:07

080714n1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

San Leandro police are looking for a suspect in the sexual assault of a young girl last Saturday afternoon at the Lakeside Village Apartments on Waterfall Way in the Springlake neighborhood.

The girl was at the pool in the apartment complex when she went to the women’s bathroom at the adjacent recreation center, and the suspect followed her in, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect, McManus said.

Police were called at about 4:30 p.m. and searched the area but didn’t find the suspect, he said.

McManus described the suspect as a 19 to 20 year old African American man, 5 foot 7, 140 to 180 pounds with tattoos on his arms.

The victim of the crime was described by McManus as a pre-teenager, elementary school age.

Police have collected forensic evidence and are searching for any video from the area that might include the suspect. Police are trying to determine how the suspect entered the locked building. They think he may have known a resident in the building, or he could have followed another resident inside.

“If anyone has any information, we ask you to please call,” McManus said.

The number to call the San Leandro police on this case is 577-2740 or a call can be made anonymously at 577-3278.


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Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:06

Car Chase and Crash

A police chase led to a two car head-on crash late Monday night,

Just before midnight, a San Leandro police officer attempted to stop a car on East 14th Street near 136th Avenue which the officer knew had been reported stolen.

The suspect vehicle, a 1995 Honda Civic,  had been flagged as stolen from San Leandro earlier in the day, according to Lt. Mike Sobek of the SLPD.

The officer attempted to stop it, but the driver would not yield and sped away from the scene.

The suspect began to drive on the opposite side of the roadway to  elude the officer, so the officer  canceled the pursuit.

The suspect continued driving northbound in the southbound lanes of East 14th Street reaching an estimated speed of 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

As the suspect approached the intersection of East 14th Street and Parrott Street,  the light was red and the suspect ran it as a motorist was entering the intersection.

The suspect collided with the car that was coming the opposite direction, causing extensive damage to both vehicles and spinning them  into  a street light and construction work for the Village Marketplace shopping center.

Officers arrived on scene and both the suspect and victim were transported to the hospital, where they are expected to recover.

Costco Car Break-in

Officers were called to the Costco parking lot at 1900 Davis Street about an auto burglary on July 21 at around 4 p.m.

Surveillance video captured the crime and officers were able to see the suspect’s car’s license palate, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the SLPD.

Detectives found the car at a home near the intersection of 85th Avenue and G Street in Oakland and searched the suspects’ home.

Once inside, the cops found several iPods and cell phones, which are commonly taken in auto burglaries, police said.


Police Discover Unusual Weapon PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:59

A man was arrested last week for possession of a very unique weapon.

A patrolling officer pulled over a bicyclist for a traffic infraction and discovered a makeshift gun mounted on his bike.

On July 19 just before noon, an officer stopped a man riding on Farnsworth Street for failing to obey traffic laws and discovered that the 46-year-old suspect was on probation for a variety of drug offenses, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The man being on probation meant that the officer could search the suspect and his bike. During the search, the cop noticed an unusual tube mounted to the bicycle’s handlebars.

The officer discovered that it was a metal pipe that had been modified and loaded with a .410 gauge shotgun shell with a BB taped to the shell as a primer.

The suspect was also in possession of a hammer in his backpack, which could have been used to hit the BB, causing the shell to go off as an improvised gun, police said.

The suspect was arrested for the weapon as well as possession of a controlled substance and intimidation, among other possible charges.

He is currently being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday.

— Amy Sylvestri

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Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51

Burglary Suspects Found After Helicopter Search

Two burglary suspects were arrested following a search which included helicopters and police dogs.

A resident of the Sandpiper apartment complex, located between East 14th Street and Washington Avenue, called police just after 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and reported seeing two men jump over a fence in the gated community carrying a bag, according to Lt. Richard DeCosta of the San Leandro police.

Minutes later, an officer patrolling in the area spotted two men matching the description given by the resident and tired to speak with the men.

Before the officer could talk with the suspects, they threw the bag away and ran off.

The bag was later found to contain stolen property from the apartment complex.

The suspects fled into the rear yards of residences on Clarke Street.

Police set up a perimeter around one square block of Clarke Street, Harlan Street, San Leandro Boulevard and Castro Street, with  helicopters from both the California Highway Patrol and the East Bay Regional Parks District repeatedly circling the area and police dogs leading the search on the ground.

The suspects were eventually located hiding in a detached living space on the 400 block of Castro Street, according to DeCosta.

The suspects struggled with officers but were eventually placed under arrest.

The two men have been arrested for the residential burglary.

Break-in Suspects Nabbed For Two Residential Thefts

Last Thursday at around 3:20 p.m., a woman was at home on the 14900 block of Ebb Tide Street when she heard a commotion and realized someone was breaking into her house and called police.

When officers arrived, they saw a man and a woman walking out of the front door and placed them under arrest without incident, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspects were found to be in possession of several small items from the home.

Police initially believed a third suspect was also involved, so they set up a perimeter in the residential area.

Two police dogs and a helicopter searched area yards and rooftops but they did not locate any other suspects and police say they now believe only two suspects were ever involved.

These suspects, a 20-year-old man and 30-year-old woman, both from Oakland, have since been tied to another burglary last week.

Police believe the pair were responsible for a similar break-in on Fjord Street nearby on July 21.

When detectives searched the home of one of the suspects, they found a stolen semi-automatic handgun that had been taken during the Monday burglary.

Both were arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property and are being held in lieu of $120,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.


SLPD Report: 07-24-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:59

Car Chase on Marina

A man was arrested for several felonies after leading police on a car chase last week.

A patrol officer tried to pull the suspect over for a traffic stop on July 17 at around 10:40 p.m. on the 500 block of Marina Boulevard, but the man would not stop, according tot Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

While attempting to flee the scene, the man hit one of the patrol cars in the area.

He then led police on a 2-mile pursuit. During the chase, the suspect drove toward some officers, but no one was injured, Brandt said. The suspect then tried to ditch his car and flee on foot, but was quickly caught.

The suspect, a 33-year-old San Leandro resident is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $300,000 bail.

He faces charges including felony evasion of arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and obstructing justice.

Fatal DUI Crash

A San Leandro man is in critical condition and his passenger is dead following a high-speed crash that California Highway Patrol officers believe may have been caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

The suspect, 23, crashed into a light pole on I-580 near Park Avenue in Oakland Friday morning at around 3 a.m.

Both the driver and passenger sustained major injuries and the passenger was ejected from the vehicle and later pronounced dead at Highland Hospital.

Officers at the scene said that the driver showed signs of being intoxicated, according to the CHP.

The suspect was arrested for reckless driving last April when a CHP airplane caught him driving in excess of 100 m.p.h. on I-880 while weaving through traffic and popping wheelies on his motorcycle.



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