Berkeley Bust Nets Alamedan
Alameda police join East Bay raid
Two major arrests were made last week that have connections to Alameda.
SWAT teams from several East Bay police departments, including the Alameda Police Department (APD), arrested four armed-robbery suspects on Wednesday, June 6, in relation to recent armed robberies at cellphone stores.
The Berkeley Police Department (BPD), along with the Oakland, Hayward, Brentwood and Pittsburg police departments were also involved in the multi-city operation.
According to APD, the departments served arrest and search warrants at six different locations for persons responsible for the series of armed robberies of various cellular phone businesses located within Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
APD began its investigation on April 9, when multiple armed suspects engaged in a takeover- style robbery of an AT&T store in Alameda, according to a press release on APD’s Facebook page.
After the robberies APD investigators collaborated with other law enforcement agencies and they were able to identify several persons of interest. The police departments worked together to determine that the suspects involved acted in concert and were responsible for several other armed robberies within Alameda County and other surrounding counties.
All the robberies were similar in nature, according to APD. The armed suspects entered a cellular phone store and forcibly took the store’s merchandise and customers’ personal
APD and the other SWAT teams began the operation simultaneously around 6 a.m. Two suspects have not been captured as of Tuesday, June 12. The investigation is still on going. The names, ages and other details of those arrested, as well as the exact locations where they were taken into custody, have not been disclosed.
That same day an Alameda resident was arrested by Berkeley police officers on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale and carrying a loaded and concealed firearm in Berkeley.
A BPD officer was patrolling the area near Willard Park around 5:39 p.m., according to reports. The officer recognized Terry Beasley, 38, of Alameda, sitting in an SUV with the windows down on Regent Street near Derby Street. The officer knew Beasley was on probation so he stopped to do a random check.
The officer discovered several thousands of dollars in the suspect’s pants, according to police reports. The officer called for additional officers thereafter. Further searching found Beasley to be in possession of powdered cocaine, a loaded .45-caliber handgun and other drug paraphernalia.
Beasley is still being detained at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He was officially charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a firearm by a prior felon and evading an officer, according to county records. His bail was set at $260,000. His pre-trial and probation revocation hearings are scheduled for June 21 at the Rene C. Davidson courthouse in Oakland.