Sandra R. Spagnoli Chief of Police
901 East 14th Street, San Leandro CA 94577
DATE / TIME OF RELEASE: 05/21/14, 2:42 PM
INCIDENTS: Significant Arrests
PRESS RELEASE OFFICER: Lt. Randall Brandt
TELEPHONE: 510 577 3232
Prowler arrested for being in a resident’s backyard- On 05/21/14, approximately 1 AM, an alert resident in the 300 block of Breed Avenue reported an unknown suspect was in their backyard. Patrol units converged on the area and observed the suspect running from them. The suspect ran into another yard attempting to avoid capture and he was subsequently arrested for prowling. The suspect was Jason Hart (38, no photo) of Oakland.
Suspects arrested for possessing a stolen vehicle- On 05/21/14, approximately 10:30 PM, one of our patrol officers was driving a vehicle equipped with a license plate reader (LPR) down Fairway Drive. The LPR system revealed there was a stolen Lexus in the area. The officer stopped the vehicle East of Merced Street and arrested Lorena Fuentes (19, photo 1) of San Lorenzo and Garry Lawrence (24, photo 2) of San Leandro for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Suspect arrested for marijuana cultivation and possessing an illegal stolen firearm- On 05/20/14, approximately 4:30 PM, members of our Crime Suppression Unit conducted a search warrant in the 14600 block of Wiley Street. They determined a marijuana cultivation operation was being conducted within the residence. Over 700 plants were recovered along with a stolen firearm. The suspect Engsin Tan (38), photo 3) was arrested for cultivating marijuana and possessing a stolen firearm.
Suspect arrested for possessing a stolen vehicle- On 05/20/14, approximately 10:50 AM, our staff responded to a possible automotive burglary in progress. The caller observed a subject leave a vehicle parked in the 400 block of W. Juana Avenue. The suspect was scene rummaging through a second vehicle. The caller immediately reported his observations to our dispatch center and they relayed the information to our staff over the radio. The suspect was gone when our staff arrived. Our units started checking the surrounding areas and they located the suspect in the 700 block of Peralta Avenue. Their investigation revealed the vehicle he had parked had been reported stolen in Oakland. He had also broken into the second vehicle and attempted to steal stereo components. The suspect Eric Soto (33), photo 4) was arrested for possessing a stolen vehicle and committing the automotive burglary.
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