Easy bust: Man cuts off ankle monitor, but keeps it


A Richmond man who allegedly cut off his ankle monitor wasn’t too difficult to find, according to police, as he was still holding the detached device at the time of his arrest last weekend.

The Richmond Police Department received a call from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department that probationer Lamar Mack, 34, had removed his ankle monitor.

About 7:50 a.m. Saturday, a police officer went out looking for Mack and swiftly located him in the 100 block of S 6th Street, police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Mack apparently wasn’t aware that ankle monitors are equipped with GPS tracking technology, Abetkov said. Also, local police have had multiple contacts with Mack in the past and knew where to find him. The officer “found him at one of the normal spots where he hangs out,” Abetkov said.

Mack was booked on a charge of violating his probation.

“It was good work on the officer’s part,” Abetkov added.

It wasn’t the first time Mack tried to hide from the law. In 2012, he was arrested during a traffic stop just north of Elk Grove on a charge of violating parole. As part of the terms of his parole, Mack was not allowed to leave Contra Costa County.