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Benicia Police Department
Thursday February 25th, 2010 :: 11:23 a.m. PST

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Two Suspects Arrested for Burglarizing a Benecia Residence, Call From Citizen Led to Solving Crime

An alert Oakley citizen along with good police work by Oakley patrol officers led to the arrest of two suspects who burglarized a Benicia residence on Wednesday. Benicia Police Detective Kenny Hart worked with
Oakley police and arrested Joseph Bradshaw, 35, of Pittsburg, and his girlfriend, Viridiana Grandov, 29, of Pittsburg for burglarizing a home on the 400 block of Larkin Drive in Benicia. Both were eventually
booked into the Solano County Jail on charges of residential burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and possession of stolen property (all felonies). Bradshaw is on parole out of Visalia for a narcotic offense
and was also wanted on a no bail Parolee at Large warrant along with a misdemeanor narcotic warrant out of Contra Costa County.

The series of events unfolded at 4:22 pm Wednesday when a Benicia resident returned to their home on the 400 block of Larkin Drive had been burglarized. The suspects entered the home by forcing open the front door and stole jewelry along with some identification papers
belonging to the Benicia resident.

At 5:50 pm, and while Benicia officers were still on scene investigating the break in, Benicia Police received a call from the Oakley Police Department who reported they had Bradshaw and Grandov in custody with property from the Benicia resident. Oakley police reported that at about 2:10 pm Wednesday they'd received a call from an Oakley resident reporting that a car was parked in the residents driveway (not the residents) and someone was pounding on their door and trying to
break in.

The Oakley resident confronted the male suspect, who then tried to flee in his car with a female passenger. Oakley police responded and came across Bradshaw and Grandov. In their car, police found jewelry and
personal papers stolen from the Benicia residence. Oakley police were advised of Benicia's burglary and the pair were arrested.

"Once again, as is typical with home burglaries, a call from a citizen led to this crime being solved," Benicia Police Lieutenant Mike Daley said. "There are two common themes here that Benicia citizens should be aware of. First, the actions by the suspects this case are typical
they loudly knock on the door or ring to the doorbell 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 hours when they believe the residents are working.

"Second, our community once again is being victimized by criminals from other cities. We believe burglars in particular target our large Southampton area due to the amount of homes. As always, we encourage residents to immediately report suspicious people or activity in their
neighborhoods."

Benicia Police Detective Kenny Hart is also trying to determine if the pair committed other burglaries in Benicia. "We have just a handful of break ins over the past couple of months that we will be looking at,"
Lt. Daley said. NOTE: Booking photographs are not attached as they may be used in the investigation. If they can be released today, they will be sent out on a separate e-mail.

Citizens who may have information relative to the pair arrested or other crimes in town are encouraged to call Detective Kenny Hart at (707)746-4252 or CRIME STOPPERS at (707)644-STOP (7867). Any question regarding the press released, please contact Lt. Mike Daley at
(707)590-4259 or reply to this e-mail.



Address/Location
Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

400 Larkin Dr
Benicia, CA 94510

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