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Benicia Police Department
Thursday October 13th, 2011 :: 09:24 a.m. PDT


Benicia Police arrest suspected metal thieves in two separate incidents at the same Benicia Industrial Park business.

Arrested: Edward SPENCER; 47 year old Vacaville resident, for the first incident described below. His booking photo is not yet available.

Arrested: Darla ROBINSON, 44 year old Fairfield resident, for a separate incident described at the end of the press release. Her booking photo is not yet available.

Charges: SPENCER: He was booked into the Solano County Jail on charges of grand theft, possession of stolen property (both felonies), trespass and vandalism (both misdemeanors). He is currently in custody with bail set at $28,000.

Charges: ROBINSON: She was booked into the Solano County Jail on charges of petty theft and trespassing, both misdemeanors, along with a charge of violating her probation (she is on probation out of Solano County for drug violations). She is currently in custody with bail set at $6,000.

Location: SPENCER: Pacific Rim Recycling yard on the 900 block of Teal Drive in Benicia's Industrial Park. This location is for additional metals not stored in their main yard.

Location: ROBINSON: Pacific Rim Recycling's yard on the 3600 block of Sprig Drive in the Benicia Industrial Park. This is their main recycling yard.

Over the course of 14 hours, the Benicia Police responded to two separate theft incidents that targeted two lots belonging to Pacific Rim Recycling in Benicia's Industrial Park, arresting suspects in both theft cases.

On Wed., October 12th, at about 1:30 pm, Pacific Rim Recycling employees saw a subject in a White Chrysler van inside the yard on Teal Drive. The padlock securing the two large metal arms for the gate system into the business yard was found forced open.

When employees contacted Spencer in the yard and observed stolen property in his vehicle, another employee drove his big rig in front of the entrance to the yard and essentially trapped Spencer's vehicles' inside yard. Spencer had attempted to conceal his criminal activity by stacking wooden pallets to act as a wall, which was not effective. His van, and a trailer attached to the van, were loaded with various types of scrap metal.

Knowing police were on the way, Spencer began hastily unloading the stolen property from his vehicles. Benicia Police officers arrived and arrested Spencer inside the yard without incident. The employees off-loaded the remaining stolen property and Spencer's vehicles were towed from the scene. The employees estimated the value of the stolen property at around $2,000.

On an unrelated case, Benicia Police Officers arrested Fairfield resident Darla Robinson, age 44, this morning (October 13th) about 3:30 am at Pacific Rim Recycling's yard on the 3600 block of Sprig Drive in the Benicia Industrial Park. An employee observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and called the Benicia Police Department. Upon arrival, officers contacted Robinson who was in possession of salvaged items from the yard. She was placed under citizen's arrest for petty theft and trespassing, both misdemeanors. She was transported and booked into the Solano County Jail in Fairfield on those charges, along with an additional charge of violation of probation. Her booking photo is unavailable at this time.

"These two cases illustrate the importance of being aware of your surroundings and knowing activity and individuals that belong in an area and those that do not," Benicia Police Sergeant John Daley said. Sgt. Daley and other officers responded to the first incident, resulting in Spencer's arrest. "Benicia residents and those who work in Benicia are very keen when it comes to recognizing suspicious activity and reporting that activity to police. If activity anywhere in the City of Benicia draws your suspicion and might be criminal in nature you are encouraged to call the Benicia Police Department immediately."

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

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

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