The San Ramon Police Department announced the arrest of a Concord man they allege stole from The Preserve housing development construction site and is tied to other break-ins reported in the area.
According to SRPD Sgt. Rob Ransom, a 28-year-old Ronald Stephens was arrested in the past week in connection with a commercial burglary that occurred at a construction site at The Preserve (formerly known as the Faria Preserve project), as well as an auto burglary at Las Trampas Regional Park off Bollinger Canyon Road.
Beginning on the morning of March 26, SRPD officers were alerted to a commercial burglary reported at The Preserve, where someone had broken the locks off of multiple storage containers and stole power tools, home construction hardware and a dump trailer, according to Ransom. There investigators identified an older model maroon GMC Suburban, as a vehicle suspected to be involved in the theft.
Four days later at Las Trampas, East Bay Regional Park District Police Department found a parked car had its window smashed and personal items inside the vehicle had been stolen, according to Ransom. Credit cards stolen from the vehicle were later used at retail locations in San Ramon, and a maroon GMC Suburban was again spotted in the area of Las Trampas during the break-in, according to police.
After an extensive investigation, police were able to connect Stephens with the maroon GMC Suburban that was spotted in the aforementioned burglaries, according to Ransom. A search of the man's home in Concord resulted in the recovery of the stolen dump trailer from The Preserve, as well as other stolen property.
Stephens was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and for a felony probation violation, with additional charges pending. He is currently being held on a no-bail felony probation violation at the Martinez Detention Facility, Ransom said.
The sergeant stated that Stephens is believed to be connected with other crimes in the area, and he is encouraging any other law enforcement agencies that have similar cases to contact SRPD Detective Seaton Fajeau at 973-2700.