Repeat Offender Arrested for Allegedly Stealing ATMs Loaded with Cash
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OAKLAND —Anthony M. Pearson, 39, makes himself at home at Alameda County Santa Rita Jail. Pearson has been arrested 25 times since 2014–most recently January 21 for allegedly stealing ATMs. He is a previously convicted felon whose troubles with the law go as far back as 2004.
Thieves absconded with two ATMs loaded with cash on January 21. One ATM was stolen shortly before 7:30 a.m. from a business on Hegenberger Road, near Oakland International Airport. An hour later and four miles away, a second cash machine was stolen from the 4000 block of Alameda Avenue.
Pearson, an unemployed Oakland resident, is just one of the suspects. Pearson was arrested a few hours later at 10 a.m. Bond was set at $185,000 for his release from custody–contingent upon the outcome of a hearing to revoke his probation. Meanwhile, ATM theft accomplices are still being sought.
First, OPD received a report involving multiple persons attempting to remove an ATM from outside a business. Responding officers found the business was damaged and the ATM was missing. While police were still investigating another ATM was stolen. Officers responding to the second ATM theft later arrested Pearson.
Charges pending against Pearson include grand theft and multiple weapons-related charges. He was found in possession of a loaded firearm and ammunition–despite a court prohibition for possessing firearms.
Pearson has previous arrests for kidnappings, robberies, motor vehicle thefts, possession of a controlled substance, and for shootings. He has 12 prior arrests for prohibited firearms possession. Court records show he has convictions for firearms possession, possession of controlled substances, and vehicle thefts.