Three teenage burglary suspects have been arrested thanks to good investigative work by several Oakland police officers, according to police spokesman Jeff Thomason. When Officers Anthony Burns and Christopher Cardona conducted a traffic stop in the 7900 block of Hillmont Drive about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday they discovered that the driver did not have a valid license and one of his passengers was on probation for possession of stolen property, according to Thomason. When Burns and Cardona searched the vehicle, they noticed several items of suspected stolen property and asked for assistance at the scene, Thomason said. Two other officers, whose names weren’t released, canvassed the area and they found a resident who positively identified the driver as one of a pair of prowlers who had been in the area just before Burns and Cardona made the traffic stop, according to Thomason. The resident also provided information that the suspects may have been working with other people, possibly a team, Thomason said. Police started receiving multiple phone calls about burglaries about 4 p.m. Thursday, about two and a half hours after the traffic stop, according to Thomason. Cardona started making calls to the victims and identified the owner of some of the property that had been recovered at 2033 73rd Ave., Thomason said. The victim came to police offices and subsequently identified and reclaimed her property, according to Thomason. Investigators linked the suspects to a burglary on 23rd Avenue that had occurred before the traffic stop, Thomason said. The driver was ultimately discovered to be an adult with prior juvenile burglary arrests and convictions, according to Thomason. He identified the driver as 19-year-old Lewis Hennings of Oakland. Thomason said the other two suspects are a 17-year-old Union City boy and a 16-year-old Oakland boy. Hennings is being held on suspicion of felony burglary, felony receiving stolen property worth more than $400, misdemeanor obstructing a
police officer and misdemeanor giving false information to a police officer. The case is now in the hands of burglary investigators and there may be additional arrests in the future, according to Thomason. Oakland Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan commended Burns, Cardona and the other officers for their work. In a statement, Jordan said, “They made a car stop, took the time to locate and to solve a couple of recent burglaries, one that was miles away.” He said, “Burglaries are a plague in our city and hopefully this investigation will help resolve several open cases.”
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