Jun 27, 2016
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A sawed-off double-barreled shotgun was seized last week from a man at Civic Center Motel in Richmond, police said.

The incident unfolded about 1:30 p.m. June 21, when a retired police officer spotted a suspicious person at the motel at 425 24th St. “reach into the engine compartment of a car and retrieve a large metal object,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

After concealing the object in his waistband area, the suspect, described as a 35-year-old San Pablo man, was seen walking up to the second story of the motel.

Two police sergeants were called to the scene, prompting the suspect to run off, Tan said. The man left behind the object he had concealed in his waistband, which police found to be a sawed-off double barrel shotgun.

“Assisting officers quickly converged on the location and the suspect was eventually found and arrested,” Tan said in a department Facebook post. “The suspect was booked for firearms related offenses, possession of burglary tools and probation violation.”

Police praised the retired officer for reporting the suspicious activity.

To report suspicious persons or vehicles, call 911 in an emergency, or (510) 233-1214 in non-emergency events, according to RPD.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.