Photo: Devaughn Cooper and James A Lipston
CONCORD — Two men observed leaving a residence carrying stolen property were arrested while under surveillance. Both suspects have been charged with five counts of residential burglary.
Detectives from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office started surveilling the two men on January 7. The detectives obtained evidence linking the two men to burglaries in Alamo and Orinda. This includes using the same vehicle during several recent burglaries.
On January 8, detectives observed the men at 11:45 a.m., leaving a burglary victim’s residence. They were arrested near Kaitlin Place and Court Lane in Concord, and stolen property was recovered.
Detectives later executed search warrants at both suspects’ residences in Clayton. In addition to recovering a large amount of stolen property, detectives also recovered illicit narcotics.
One suspect, James A. Lipston, 57, who was already on parole remains in custody ineligible for release on bond. Lipston has previous arrests for burglary and narcotics possession. He is presently housed at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond.
His companion, 25-year-old Devaughn Cooper has been arrested 21 times since 2014. Cooper’s record includes arrests for possession of controlled substances, in addition to burglaries and robberies. Cooper remains in custody at the West County Detention Facility; he is presently not bondable.
Detectives believe Lipston and Cooper may be responsible for numerous other burglaries. Anyone with information can call 925-313-2600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.