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Oakland man accused in Martinez phone store burglary

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN
Martinez Tribune

(MARTINEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)
(MARTINEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A 38-year-old man from Oakland has been arrested and charged Monday in connection with the theft of 10 new Apple and Samsung smart phones that were taken earlier that morning from a Verizon Wireless retailer at 1055 Arnold Drive, Martinez Police Detective Aaron Roth said.

The department received a call Monday morning about an activated alarm at the store. When officers arrived, they learned that 10 iPhones and Samsung models had been stolen, he said. The phones were valued at about $5,000, Detective Sgt. Dave Mathers said.

“The officers were able to trace the phones to a residence in the 4400 block of Webster Street in Oakland,” Roth said. Oakland Police Department officers found the man suspected of the burglary at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, Mathers said. Roth identified him as Un Ho Kim.

Mathers said the Oakland home where he was found is owned by a relative of the suspect, who occasionally stayed there.

When Martinez Police detectives obtained and executed a search warrant about noon Monday at the Webster Street residence, they found and recovered all the missing phones, Roth said.

The phones will be returned to the store, Mathers said.

The suspect has been accused of commercial burglary and has been booked into Contra Costa County Jail, Martinez, in lieu of $20,000 bail, Roth said.

He said investigators are welcoming any additional information about the suspect, and those wanting to talk to police may call the department at (925) 372-3440.

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