Temporary Surge of CHP Officers in Oakland Yields Dozens of Arrests and Recovery of Stolen Vehicles

In a temporary operation aimed at bolstering public safety, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers deployed in Oakland and its surrounding areas have achieved significant results. The initiative, announced by Governor Gavin Newsom’s office, involved the temporary surge of 120 CHP officers for a five-day period from February 5th to 9th.

During this operation, law enforcement officers made numerous arrests and successfully recovered 145 stolen vehicles. Additionally, four firearms linked to criminal activities were seized. The initial surge operation led to the arrest of 71 individuals, including a suspect captured on video during a smash-and-grab incident at an Emeryville Apple store.

The charges faced by those arrested range from possession of stolen property, auto theft, drug possession, felony gun possession, to driving under the influence. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will be responsible for prosecuting these cases.

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao expressed gratitude for Governor Newsom’s support, emphasizing the collaborative effort to dismantle criminal enterprises, apprehend suspects, and ensure accountability. Mayor Thao stated, “Crime and violence don’t belong on Oakland’s streets, and the city won’t rest until a sense of safety and security is fully restored.”

Governor Newsom commended the CHP officers for their efforts, stating that the arrests send a clear message that crime will not go unchecked in Oakland and the East Bay neighborhoods. He expressed gratitude for the men and women of the CHP who are assisting in the local-led effort to turn the tide.

The surge operation conducted by the CHP is part of an ongoing strategy to combat crime in the area. Newsom announced that additional surge operations will be carried out without prior notice.

Author: CrimeDoor

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