The Blotter | Semiautomatic gun found in stolen vehicle

A man was arrested outside of Ace Hardware after parking a reportedly stolen vehicle in the parking lot. The incident happened around 3 p.m. on Nov. 17.

The city’s Automated License Plater Reader system (ALPR) recorded a hit on a blue 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer entering the city of Piedmont on Grand Avenue at Wildwood Avenue. The vehicle was then found unoccupied in the Ace Hardware parking lot.

A suspect was detained leaving the store. He was searched, according to Piedmont Police Department Captain Chris Monahan, and suspected methamphetaime was found. The vehicle was searched and a “Glock-like semiautomatic pistol ghost gun” was found with 21 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, according to Captain Monahan.

Robert Nava (born 1981) was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where he was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon in a car with previous felony convictions, being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of methamphetamine.

On Nov. 8, a van was stolen from Bonita Avenue in Piedmont. The red 2009 Ford 250 was reported taken at 2:18 p.m., with the reporting individual saying it was taken in the past 30 minutes. The van was located on Cambridge Way at 2:24. Two suspects, described as Hispanic males, were seen on foot headed toward Grand. A possible suspect vehicle was identified as a white BMW 3 series station wagon. That was also reported to be a stolen vehicle.

The suspects are still outstanding with no further information, according to Captain Monahan.

Piedmont residents interested in having vacation checks on their property can sign up at the city’s website HERE.

Police will check on your house each day that you are gone.

For questions, call the non-emergency number: 510-420-3000.

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