A police traffic stop in El Sobrante turned into something else Thursday after Lafayette police, following up a lead to a man they believed had been stealing appliances and other goods from staged homes in Lafayette and elsewhere, ended up arresting the suspect and discovering a hoard of pilfered goods at his home.
Police Chief Eric Christensen did not say what led them to the man, stopped by police as he was driving in El Sobrante around 10 a.m. Thursday, but he described their meeting as unfriendly.
“He was not happy to see us,” Christensen said.
Christensen said officers serving a search warrant at the man’s home discovered electronics and appliances and other items – including an Amazon delivery box snatched from the front porch of one home the day it was burglarized.
“Flat screen TVs. A lot of flat screen TVs,” Christensen said, along with counter top appliances and other items taken during the Lafayette thefts. Police were still taking an inventory of the haul.