BPD display confiscated guns
BERKELEY – A stolen car was recovered and two persons arrested after a wireless vehicle tracking device led police to a boosted BMW parked at the Berkeley Marina — with two suspected thieves sitting inside with guns and narcotics.
Travis J. Penaluna, 25, of El Sobrante and Christina R. Taylor, 32, of Kensington were booked in the pre-dawn hours of November 15th on numerous felony charges and several misdemeanor charges. They were arrested the night before at 10:20 p.m.
Penaluna is charged with 10 felonies including vehicle theft, identify theft, possession of amphetamines, several weapons charges, and receiving stolen property. He is being held at Berkeley Jail for $337,500 bail.
Taylor is charged with 17 felonies, including vehicle theft, narcotics and weapons charges, and burglary. She is being held at Santa Rita Jail for more than $500,000 bail.
The wireless tracking system that led officers to arrest the suspects was activated remotely at a BMW tracking system dispatch center. The occupants of the vehicle were detained inside, while police ran a computer background check, which indicated both were on probation and subsequently allowed police to conduct a search without a warrant.
During the search of the vehicle, Berkeley police found and recovered two handguns, 1.25 grams of suspected methamphetamine, meth-smoking paraphernalia, credit cards, checks, mail, and identification cards belonging to other people.