Extra Space Storage
BERKELEY – Three individuals were arrested at a self-storage facility on February 25, after police apparently interrupted a burglary in progress, and later found evidence of other crimes.
Officers driving passed Extra Space Storage located at 601 Cedar Street stopped to investigate when they saw a vehicle that seemed suspicious—parked in handicapped parking zone after 9 p.m. on Saturday night.
While speaking with a woman who was sitting inside the vehicle, police spotted suspected drugs in plain sight, leading to her arrest on multiple charges. Shortly afterwards, officers located another woman with a man inside the storage facility, and arrested both on suspicion of burglary.
A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of 59 grams of suspected methamphetamine; before officers later searched the homes of the two of the suspects and gathered additional evidence of crimes.
Leah J. Pollack, a 34-year-old dog groomer, was charged with burglary, forgery, grand theft, receiving stolen property, false impersonation, identity theft, willful cruelty to a child, felony firearm possession, and possession of burglary tools.
Pollack was already on probation for a prior conviction, which enabled police to search her home, where they recovered an illicit gun. Pollack is in custody at Berkeley Jail for $395,000 bond.
Antonia Samaguey, 46, was allegedly holding stolen property in her arms when she was arrested. Samaguey is charged with attempted burglary, possession of burglar tools, possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property. She’s being held at Berkeley Jail; her bail was set at $330,000.
Gerardo Vega, 38, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance, felony possession of ammunition, burglary, receiving stolen property, and possession of burglary tools.
Police obtained a warrant to search Vega’s home, where additional stolen property was recovered. Vega is in custody at Berkeley Jail with bond set at $465,000.