Traffic stop nets theft suspect

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN
Martinez Tribune

(MARTINEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)
(MARTINEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)
MARTINEZ, Calif. – A traffic stop by Martinez Police Wednesday at Amador Court and Tahoe Circle resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of multiple burglaries from Martinez to Berkeley, Lt. Aaron Roth said.

An officer stopped a vehicle with an apparent code violation, Roth said. The officer made contact with the driver, and recognized him from prior contacts with police, he said.

“During a search of the vehicle, the officer located numerous tools and electronics,” Roth said. At that point, the driver told the officer the items were from recent burglaries he had committed, Roth said.

The driver was arrested at the scene after the officer was able to confirm that some of the items in the car had indeed been stolen.

The driver then said he had additional stolen property stored in Pacheco, Roth said.

Martinez Police detectives went to the designated storage unit and found more articles that had been stolen, he said.Among the items recovered were a vehicle tire and rim, mail, battery-operated tools, drills, saws, geopositioning devices and such electronics as DVD players.

“Based on the initial stages of this investigation, it appears that property recovered was from crimes committed in several neighboring cities, including Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette and Berkeley,” Roth said.

“It is believed the recovered property could be connected to more than 10 vehicle and residential burglaries,” he said.

Roth identified the man as Michael Dehaydu, 23, of Martinez, and said he was accused of multiple charges, including identity theft, possession of stolen property and burglary. The man was booked in the Contra Costa County Jail, and his bail has been set at $130,000.

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