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Police Log: Car Thief Hides in Stolen Car, Copper Wire Burglar

Several significant arrests were made within the past couple days by San Leandro police officers.

Som Steinhardt, 23 years old. Courtesy of SLPD
Som Steinhardt, 23 years old. Courtesy of SLPD

Tuesday, Jan. 14

  • An alert citizen observed a subject she did not recognize go into a neighbor's yard in the 300 block of Belleview Drive around 7:20 a.m. Officers saturated the area and located Lapatrick Mack nearby. Mack was identified as the subject who was in the yard. The investigation revealed he had been stealing copper pipe from the backyard of the residence. Mack, a 22-year-old male who resides in Oakland was booked for possession of stolen property and prowling. 


Wednesday, Jan. 15

  • San Leandro Police patrol staff responded to an alarm call in the 800 block of Davis Street approximately at 2 a.m. They arrived and observed a subject in the parking lot and he was rummaging through parked vehicles. The officers attempted to contact the subject and he refused to cooperate with them. The suspect locked himself inside one of the dealership's vehicles. After a brief standoff a K-9 was used to take the subject into custody. Manuel Maldonado, a 45-year-old male, who is known to reside in Oakland was booked for trespassing, prowling and resisting arrest. He was medically cleared and booked.

 

  • One of SLPD’s patrol officers located a stolen vehicle driving in the 14900 block of E. 14th Street around 11:30 p.m. The vehicle had been reported stolen to Lodi Police Department. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and it fled from him for a short distance. The driver abandoned the vehicle in the area of Bancroft Avenue and E. 14th Street. The suspect hid from our officers and a K-9 was used to locate her. Som Steinhardt (photo above), a 23-year-old female, who resides in Santa Clara was taken into custody for evading the police, possessing a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

  • A patrol officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Springlake Drive and Hesperian Boulevard for a traffic violation at 4 a.m. The officer discovered the vehicle did not belong to the driver and that it had been stolen in Hayward earlier in the morning.The driver David Coyt (photo above), a 19-year-old male who resides in Oakland was arrested for possessing the vehicle.
Tyler January 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM
It just doesn't seem right that someone's name and face appear all over the internet when they've been arrested and charged with a crime. We are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But the internet is a court of public opinion. If your name and picture are reported in the Patch, your reputation is gone. Your employment prospects are gone, even if you are eventually exonerated in court. This seems like a misuse of the freedom of the press.
An\on January 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Tyler! Look up! Read the stories! The two pictured above were driving stolen cars! And from the stories, they were ALONE! Don't you think that if you're driving a stolen car you're pretty much guilty until you prove yourself innocent? Tell me, dude, under what circumstances would someone be innocent if they were driving a stolen car? OK, so you'll defend yourself and say they show pictures of suspects when the evidence is not so overwhelming. Write a complaint when that happens.
Smart guy January 17, 2014 at 01:21 PM
An/on, do you remember that the San Leandro just had to settle a law suit where the police did something very similar when they arrested 2 men for lewd behavior during a sting operation in the marina. The two pictured above may be guilty but there may not be enough evidence to convict them. if there is no conviction then they are not guilty and city opens themselves up for another law suit
Richard Eisenman January 17, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Interesting arguments. Lets consider people involved in public life (politics, etc). So what if a politician is accused of a crime, and even a legal charge is pursued in the courts. Should that politicians identity be hidden until the courts actually convict him or her? Well, that would be ridiculous. A large number of political disputes, unfortunately, are fought in courts; consider the case of former House Leader Tom Delay, who was accused in court of misconduct, lost his 'reputation' in part due to that and who (eventually) was exonerated in court years later. My own opinion: I agree with An\on : we all stand in the public eye. Of course even so there limits to privacy which to end at ones house walls: in particular to minors within -- it would be ridiculous to post crime reports and photos of a child who stole a candy bar -- so one can agree with Tyler on such cases.
Smart guy January 17, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Richard So you are saying it is OK for a politician to lose his reputation and job even if he is innocent just because he is accused, and it is OK to post pictures of people suspected of robbery if they are taken into custody; but where do we draw the line. Why post the pictures above but not everyone that was taken into custody? Drunk Driver? Drunk in public, outstanding traffic tickets? speeders? Who gets to say who's picture should be posted or who's doesn't?
An\on January 17, 2014 at 01:48 PM
The problem with these blogs is they always go waaaaay off the original comment. Here: pictures of two people driving stolen cars. Tell me, please, why they are seen as victims?
Smart guy January 17, 2014 at 01:53 PM
No one is going off topic and no is saying they are victims. I am just saying that the city of San Leandro is opening themselves up for another law suit by releasing the photos of people who have only be accused of a crime but not convicted. And if is OK to do continue with this practice who gets to decide who's pictures get released and who's don't? At what level of crime do stop releasing every photo of everyone convicted of a crime?
Eddie Saldana January 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Tyler is an idiot there fucking criminals they deserve that and more!

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