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San Leandro Police Department
Monday July 22nd, 2013 :: 03:31 p.m. PDT


Technology continues to help us combat crime.

Sandra R. Spagnoli Chief of Police
901 East 14th Street, San Leandro CA 94577


DATE / TIME OF RELEASE: 07/22/13, 3:15 PM

INCIDENTS: Significant arrests made within the past week

PRESS RELEASE OFFICER: Lieutenant Randall Brandt

TELEPHONE: 510-577-3232

LOCATIONS: Throughout San Leandro

1st -Garver Chatman
2nd- Charles Stewart
3rd- Deandre Thorwer
(Correction 4th photo is Mario Cobbs, Justin Pate will be sent separate)

San Leandro Police Officers and citizens continue to collaborate and fight crime. Below is a list of recent proactive arrests our officers have made within the past week. These arrests would not have been possible without the use of technology and having citizens willing to get involved and provide timely and accurate information to our staff.

07/18/2013, 8:45 PM, an officer from our Crime Suppression Unit was patrolling in the area of Joaquin Ave. and E. 14th Street. He observed Garver Chatman walking down the street and he knew Chatman was wanted for several commercial burglaries he had committed in San Leandro. The officer arrested Chatman without incident and he was transported to jail.

Suspect: Garver Chatman, 53 year old male transient.

On 07/19/2013, 12:49 PM, an alert citizen overheard their neighbor’s home alarm go off in the 2000 block of Longview Drive. They went outside to see why the alarm went off and they saw two subjects they did not recognize as residents get into a vehicle and drive off. They immediately called our dispatch center and provided them with the vehicle’s description along with a partial license plate number. Officers responded to the scene and confirmed the residence had been burglarized. Our Detectives reviewed several computer data bases including the License Plate Reader (LPR) System to try and identify the vehicle. They developed some leads and located the vehicle in Oakland and stopped and detained the suspects. The suspects were determined to be responsible for the burglary and they were arrested and transported to jail.


Charles Stewart, 24 year old male who resides in Oakland.
Deandre Thorwer, 23 year old male who resides in Oakland

On 07/19/2013, at 11:49 PM, a resident in the 100 block of Breed Avenue overheard a window breaking in front of his residence. He went outside to investigate the noise and saw a subject breaking into one of their vehicles. He yelled at the subject and the subject fled. The citizen immediately reported the incident to our dispatch center and officers arrived in the area within minutes. One of the officers observed a subject walking nearby and he stopped and detained the subject. The witness positively identified Cobbs as the suspect who broke into his vehicle. Cobbs was arrested for the incident and transported to jail.

Suspect: Mario Cobbs, 44 year old male who resides in Oakland.

On 07/19/2013, at 11:55 PM, our dispatch center received a call from a business owner stating that their business located in the 200 block of San Leandro Boulevard was being burglarized. The business owner had a smart phone application where they were able to watch the suspect moving through their business live on their cellphone. Our officers arrived within minutes and confirmed the suspect was inside. The suspect Justin Pate attempted to hide from our officers but they were able to successfully locate and arrest him.

Suspect: Justin Pate, 36 year old male who resides in Oakland.

On 07/20/2013, at 6:26 PM, Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle on Marina Boulevard, west of Neptune Drive. The driver was confrontational with the officers and attempted to flee. Officers gained physical control of the subject and took him into custody. During the arrest, the 58 year old male suffered a medical condition and was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Lt. Randall Brandt stated, “This year we have really encouraged citizens to help us combat crime by using technology and reporting suspicious activity. These cases are perfect examples of that. Citizen’s purchased alarms and surveillance cameras to monitor their properties and they didn’t hesitate to report suspicious activity.”

On 07/28/2013, between 9 AM- 2 PM we will be hosting “United-4-Safety” along with an open house here at our police department. United-4-Safety is a city wide initiative to engage all of our community members in practicing sound safety practices and to work with the SLPD in making our city one of the safest in the region. We will have security vendors, demonstrations, a raffle drawing and much more so please join us.


Please contact the San Leandro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division with any information regarding this case at 510-577-3230 or contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278.

Citizens can also send an anonymous tip to San Leandro Police Department by texting the word SLPD and their tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can be submitted from the Police Department’s website at\

For crime prevention tips please go to the Police Department’s website at or contact PSA Sandy Colwell at 510-577-3248

Citizens play a critical role in creating a safe environment by observing and reporting any suspicious and criminal activity to the Police. The San Leandro Police Department recommends that citizens do not participate in any direct verbal or physical involvement with suspicious persons or those who are committing crimes. The personal safety of the community is paramount. We encourage the San Leandro community to record the details of what they observe and to report those details to the Police. This type of community involvement and partnership has proven to be a very effective crime prevention tool. Citizens act as the eyes and ears of the community first, and the extended eyes and ears of the San Leandro Police Department. Thank you for being a force multiplier in our efforts to provide professional police services and safety to the community.

San Leandro Police Department
901 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94577

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