General Crime

* Joseph Bradshaw and Viridiana Grandov Arrested by Oakley and Benicia Police for Alleged Benicia Burglaries

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Benicia and Oakley police teamed up to arrest two Pittsburg residents on suspicion of burglarizing a Benicia home Wednesday. A resident of the 400 block of Larkin Drive returned home around 4:20 p.m. and discovered the front door had been forced open and jewelry and identification papers had been stolen, Lt. Mike Daley said.  Benicia police were still at the residence when Oakley police contacted them around 6 pm to report two suspects were caught Wednesday afternoon with property stolen from the residence, Daley said. Oakley police said an Oakley resident reported a man was knocking loudly on his neighbor’s door trying to break in around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Daley said The neighbor confronted the man who then tried to flee in a vehicle with a female passenger, Daley said. Oakley police came across Joseph Bradshaw, 35, and his 29-year-old girlfriend Viridiana Grandov and found jewelry and personal papers belonging to the Benicia residence in their car, Daley said. Both were arrested after Benicia police detective Kenny Hart informed the Oakley officers about the Benicia burglary, Daley said. The couple was booked into the Solano County jail for residential burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of stolen property, Daley said. Bradshaw was on parole out of Visalia for a narcotic’s offense and was wanted on a no-bail parolee at large warrant and a misdemeanor narcotic’swarrant in Costa Contra County, Daley said. Benicia police are investigating whether Bradshaw and Grandov are responsible for other Benicia burglaries, Daley said. “We have just a handful of break-ins over the past couple months that we will be looking at,” Daley said. Daley credited the alert Oakley citizen for helping solve the Benicia burglary. Daley also said the actions of the burglary suspects are typical. “They loudly knock on the door or ring the bell to see if anyone is home. When no one responds, they then break into the home either through the front or back door. These types of burglars usually break in during the late morning or early afternoon when they believe the residents are working,”Daley said. Daley also said police believe burglars from other cities target the many homes in the Southampton area of Benicia. He encouraged citizens to immediately report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Anyone with information about Grandov or Bradshaw is asked to call  detective Kenny Hart at (707) 746-4252.

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