MEDIA RELATIONS UNIT
March 03, 2010
Subject: SAN FRANCISCO POLICE SERVE TWO SEARCH WARRANTS AND ARREST TWO SUSPECTS IN EXTENSIVE BURGLARY CASE
San Francisco police served two search warrants at the same location on two separate days in what resulted in the uncovering of an extensive residential and commercial city-wide burglary operation over a six- to eight-month period.
On February 16, police obtained a search warrant for an apartment in a residential building on the 1600 block of Polk Street. The purpose of the warrant was to search for possibly stolen items taken in multiple burglaries. Police discovered numerous items, including entertainment systems, power tools, fishing poles, jewelry, and various electronic devices. Police also located narcotic paraphernalia.
Police arrested the apartment’s resident, Pooja Gandhi, 30. She was charged with burglary and narcotic violations. Police seized the evidence and brought it to Northern Station for inventory.
On February 19, police obtained a second search warrant to conduct a follow-up investigation. Once inside the apartment, police located a second suspect and arrested him for narcotics violations based on the narcotics evidence located during the execution of the first search warrant. Taken into custody was Joseph Valdez, 33, of San Francisco. He was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of narcotics for sale, and possession of burglary tools. Valdez is also on felony probation for theft.
Inside the apartment, police found additional property suspected to have been stolen. The property ranged from electronic devices to expensive clothing to house wares. In all, five full truckloads of stolen property were recovered.
Persons who believe they may have been burglarized by this suspect are asked to contact Northern Police Station, 614-3400.
Investigators are in the process of identifying additional suspects and recovering more stolen property in this case.
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