Three people have been arrested, including a mother and daughter, in connection with the theft of more than 20 shotguns and rifles from a home in Albany, police said. Albany police received a report of a home burglary in the 800 block of Hillside Avenue in Albany on July 26. The reporting party said the burglary had occurred sometime within the previous several days. Investigators learned that a number of items had been stolen, including precious heirlooms and a collection of rifles and shotguns.
A neighbor told police a suspicious vehicle had been seen in the driveway of the home, and with that information, investigators identified 64-year-old Deanna Wilkinson, of Richmond, as a suspect. Detectives tracked Wilkinson to a Richmond motel, where they found her on Wednesday in a car with her daughter, 35-year-old Denise Wilkinson of El-Cerrito, and 38-year-old Gustavo Ramos of Vallejo. Police found the three to be in possession of some of the stolen items, but not the weapons.
The investigation led police to serve search warrants at homes in the 1100 block of in Monterey Street in Vallejo and the 2800 block of Loma Vista in Concord early Thursday morning. No weapons were found in Vallejo, but 22 firearms were recovered at the Concord home with the help of Concord police. Police believe the weapons were awaiting sale to local gang members.
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