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Felon Arrested for Vehicle Theft and Possession of Stolen Property

Post Date:06/03/2019 4:00 PM

Thanks to clever work by police officers and the assistance of the City of Sausalito's license plate recognition system, a suspected burglar and car thief with a criminal record was apprehended on Sunday, June 2.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 2, a 2014 Mercedes was stolen from the parking deck of an apartment complex in the 100 block of South Street. An hour after the theft was reported, officers of the Sausalito Police Department found the Mercedes parked on Central Avenue. The car was unoccupied but showed signs that it had been recently driven. When officers checked the vehicle, they discovered that electronics and jewelry belonging to the car's owner had been removed.

Corporal Francisco Padilla and Officer Nick White conducted an area check on Central Avenue and located a privately-owned security camera, which turned out to have captured images of the suspect and the Ford van that he used to leave the area. Corporal Padilla and Officer White then used the City's license plate recognition camera system to get the van's license plate number from when it entered Sausalito earlier in the day. A registration check revealed that the van was registered to Myles Gipson, a 60-year-old transient. Officers obtained Gipson's California driver's license photo, which matched the image of the suspect captured on the private security camera.

A records check revealed that Gipson is on probation out of San Mateo County for possession of stolen property and is a registered sex offender in California. Corporal Padilla and Officer White contacted Gipson's probation officer, who positively identified Gipson from the security camera footage.

At 11:52 p.m., Officer Edgar Padilla discovered Gipson's van driving in the area of Second and Richardson streets. Officer Padilla followed the van and affected a stop at Bridgeway and Princess Street, detaining Gipson without incident. Gipson was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.

A search of Gipson's vehicle discovered property that had been taken from the Mercedes. The search also revealed a stun gun, drug paraphernalia, burglary tools, and possible other stolen property. Gipson was arrested and booked into the Marin County Jail for vehicle theft, grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a felon in possession of a stun gun.
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