People v Byron Bonnell

On November 30, 2017, a jury convicted Defendant Byron Bonnell of one count of residential burglary with the additional enhancement that another person was present during the burglary, two counts of vehicle theft, one count of attempted vehicle theft, and one count of unlawful possession of personal identifying information.

On March 27, 2017, victim Ms. Oliver was walking her route as a USPS Mail Carrier when her mail truck was burglarized. Her purse, wallet, car keys, and other belongings were stolen. The following morning, Ms. Oliver woke up to find that her Honda Civic had been stolen from the parking garage of her apartment complex.

On April 16, 2017, victim Ms. Rath was robbed of her purse in Downtown Oakland. Her purse contained her personal identifying information and credit cards.

On April 18, 2017, a witness was loading his vehicle, which was parked in front of an apartment complex at Shattuck and 65th Street. The witness saw the co-defendant in the driver’s seat of Ms. Oliver's stolen Honda Civic, which was parked in a spot reserved for residents. As the witness was walking back to his house, he heard a noise and looked back to see that Defendant Bonnell was driving his neighbor's 1997 Toyota 4Runner and was backing out of the driveway. The 4Runner drove away, and was soon followed by the Honda Civic. The witness called his neighbor, who told him no-one should be driving the 4Runner. Both parties then called the police.

Oakland police officers responded quickly and located the stolen 4Runner as well as the stolen Honda Civic parked at 60th and Dover Street in Oakland. Defendant Bonnell and his co-defendant were in the vehicles, and Defendant Bonnell was moving items from the Civic into the 4Runner. When OPD Officers stopped to investigate, both defendants took off running into nearby backyards. OPD Officers established a perimeter.

At this time, victims Ms. Gonzalez and Mr. Waters were inside their home on 61st street when they heard noises coming from the garage area of their home. Mr. Waters went to investigate and saw that his garage door had been opened, his Honda HR-V had been turned on, and there was someone inside his vehicle. Mr. Waters alerted nearby OPD Officers, who blocked the driveway so the vehicle could not escape. A short time later, both defendants were arrested. OPD Officers also recovered a cell phone that had been stolen from Ms. Gonzalez's office during the burglary.

Inside the stolen 4Runner, OPD Officers located numerous burglary tools, as well as over a dozen stolen credit cards and ID cards such as Social Security cards, Driver's Licenses, and credit and ATM cards. Victim Ms. Rath's purse and bank cards were among the items recovered from the 4Runner.

Defendant Byron Bonnell is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1, 2018.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Nick Homer with the assistance of DA Inspector Tom Cleary and DDA Christine Saunders.

Posted on Dec 7, 2017