Grenade Launcher Found in Vehicle of Suspect Arrested in Connection to String of Commercial Burglaries

A vehicle belonging to Marcus Palacios, a 49-year-old Oakland resident, was discovered to contain a grenade launcher during a joint probation search conducted by the City of Brentwood Police Department and the Oakley Police Department. Palacios had been arrested in connection to a series of commercial burglaries that targeted businesses along the Lone Tree Corridor in Brentwood.

The rash of burglaries, which occurred last month, prompted an extensive investigation by the Brentwood PD. Through their diligent efforts, Palacios was identified as a suspect. On the night of February 17, officers from the Brentwood PD located Palacios’ vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of over four ounces of suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl, packaged in a manner consistent with drug distribution.

Furthermore, additional evidence related to the series of burglaries was found in Palacios’ vehicle, solidifying his connection to the crimes. However, the most alarming discovery came during the joint probation search, when officers from the Oakley PD uncovered a grenade launcher in the suspect’s vehicle.

In response to these findings, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office has filed multiple counts of burglary against Palacios, encompassing the January incidents as well as additional burglaries that occurred in August of 2023. Additionally, Palacios faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to sell, vandalism, and possession of an explosive device.

Currently, Palacios remains in custody, awaiting a preliminary hearing. His bail has been set at $420,000.

Author: CrimeDoor

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