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July 30, 2013 > San Leandro Police Log

San Leandro Police Log

Submitted By Lt. Randall Brandt, San Leandro PD

Friday, July 19
At 12:49 p.m., an alert citizen overheard their neighbor's home alarm go off in the 2000 block of Longview Drive. They went outside to see why the alarm went off and saw two subjects they did not recognize as residents get into a vehicle and drive off. They immediately called our dispatch center and provided them with the vehicle's description along with a partial license plate number. Officers responded to the scene and confirmed the residence had been burglarized. Our Detectives reviewed several computer data bases including the License Plate Reader (LPR) System to try and identify the vehicle. They developed some leads and located the vehicle in Oakland and stopped and detained the suspects. The suspects were determined to be responsible for the burglary, arrested and transported to jail. Suspects were identified as Charles Stewart of Oakland and Deandre Thorwer of Oakland

At 11:49 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Breed Avenue overheard a window breaking in front of his residence. He went outside to investigate the noise and saw a subject breaking into one of their vehicles. He yelled at the subject and the subject fled. The citizen immediately reported the incident to our dispatch center and officers arrived in the area within minutes. One of the officers observed a subject walking nearby and he stopped and detained the subject. The witness positively identified Mario Cobbs of Oakland as the suspect who broke into his vehicle. Cobbs was arrested for the incident and transported to jail.

At 11:55 p.m., our dispatch center received a call from a business owner stating that their business located in the 200 block of San Leandro Boulevard was being burglarized. The business owner had a smart phone application where they were able to watch the suspect moving through their business live on their cellphone. Our officers arrived within minutes and confirmed the suspect was inside. The suspect, Justin Pate of Oakland, attempted to hide from our officers but they were able to successfully locate and arrest him.

Monday, July 22
An armed robbery at Bayfair Mall in the parking lot was reported at 5:15 p.m. The victim met with the suspects to complete a Craigslist transaction. She was robbed at gunpoint and the suspects fled in a vehicle with her property. The victim immediately reported the robbery to our dispatch center. The information was relayed to our staff and members of our Crime Suppression Unit located the vehicle in Oakland. The vehicle was stopped and the occupants arrested for committing the robbery; the weapon along with stolen property was recovered.

Please contact the San Leandro Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division with any information regarding this case at (510) 577-3230 or contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278.

Citizens can also send an anonymous tip to San Leandro Police Department by texting the word SLPD and their tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can be submitted from the Police Department's website at\

Thursday, July 25
Today is the 8th year anniversary of Officer Nels "Dan" Niemi's death. Officer Niemi became a police officer to help people and serve our community. He paid the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved and providing our citizens with a safe place to live.

From Dan's memoirs:
"Chasing the bad guys and taking them to jail is fun to be sure, but that's not "it". We can't save the world; In fact I doubt the world even wants saving. If, however, just once in a while we can make someone a little safer, leave someone just a little better off than when we found them, doesn't that count for something? Yes, this is what it is all about. Being there when someone else can not."

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