CNET scandal seeps into San Ramon Police Department

SRPD officer charged with grand theft, conspiracy , aiding and abetting

A San Ramon Police officer and former Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team (CNET) member was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the CNET scandal.

Patrol officer Louis Lombardi, 38, was arrested at 9 a.m. inside the San Ramon Police office, said Police Chief Scott Holder. Holder was made aware of Lombardi's connection to the ongoing investigation on March 15 and had no previous indication that the officer was involved.

"This is a dark day, for not only the San Ramon Police Department, but for all law enforcement," Holder said. "I'm proud of all the work we do on a regular basis, but the actions of one should not be the reflection of all."

A search warrant for Lombardi's Discovery Bay home was executed this morning and the officer was charged with accessory, aiding and abetting; conspiracy; grand theft; possession of stolen property and possession of an illegal assault rifle.

Holder added that Lombardi had a relationship with Christopher Butler and Norman Wielsch, who are at the center of the CNET scandal.

"Lombardi had a relationship with Butler and Wielsch; Wielsch was his supervisor while at CNET and his relationship with Butler was based on the friendship of Wielsch," he said.

The police chief would not specify the nature of Lombardi's involvement in the CNET case, as the investigation is ongoing.

"We have information, but until we know for certain we don't…want to jeopardize this, we want to do it right," Holder said at an afternoon press conference.

Lombardi has been with the San Ramon Police since July 2007. He joined CNET, which remains suspended in 2005 as a deputy sheriff.

"I've known (Lombardi) for many years and it's a sad day for us," Holder said. "We will get through this and the department will survive."

Lombardi is on administrative leave and is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on $500,000 bail. As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, he had not posted bail.


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Posted by Amber
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on May 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Where are all the folks that were touting the benefits of having a standalone police department now? Roz, care to comment? (I’d read your blog but don’t know where it is.) Another sad day for law enforcement no matter who you are. Sadly, a couple of individuals with broken moral compasses make being a cop in this county very difficult right now. I trust the other 99% of SRPD are honest just as I trust the deputies working for DPD. God bless you all as you weather the storm.

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