A man and woman tried to use coun-terfeit money to pay for items at the HillsdaleShopping Center before 6:11 p.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
A person hit a parked vehicleand then left the scene on North Ellsworth andEast Poplar avenues before 4:58 p.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
. A woman tried to pass a bad check onthe ﬁrst block of East Fourth Avenue before1:21 p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 24.
. A license plate was stolen on the 1500block of Trollman Avenue before 4:41 p.m. onWednesday,Jan. 23.
. A burglary was caught on tape on the2200 block of Bridgepointe Parkway before3:55 p.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 23.
UNINCORPORATEDSAN MATEO COUNTY
. License plates were stolen on the 600block of Palma Street in El Granada before9:41 a.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 16.
The window of a homewas smashed on the 100 block of CulebraLane in Moss Beach before 9:29 a.m. onWednesday,Jan. 16.
. A man was arrested for driving under theinﬂuence on Highway 1 in Moss Beach before1:46 a.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 16.
UPS received two packages each contain-ing one pound of marijuana on ForbesBoulevard in South San Francisco before11:32 p.m. on Monday,Jan. 14.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Five people were arrested over drugs,fakegift cards and possible identity theft after sus-picious activity was reported near FourthAvenue and Claremont Street in San MateoWednesday afternoon.San Mateo police responded to a report atabout 1:20 p.m. Jan. 30. Two men wereattempting a transaction involving a gift cardat a store on the 500 block of East FourthAvenue,according to San Mateo police.Ofﬁcers located and detained the two suspectsin a gray Mercedes parked nearby — 55-year-old Willie Lozano and 32-year-old Phong Le,both of San Jose. Both were quickly arrestedfor outstanding warrants. Ofﬁcers also locatedfake gift cards,evidence of possible identitytheft,and more than 10 pounds of marijuanain the suspects’vehicle,according to SanMateo police.Further investigation led to a third suspect,31-year-old Charles Ryan Angeles,of SanJose,according to San Mateo police.San Mateo detectives,assisted by investiga-tors from the Federal Bureau of Investigationand the U.S. Secret Service,worked throughthe night following up on leads generated bythe investigation into the seized drugs,andidentity theft and fraud materials. Detectivesultimately located and arrested Angeles in SanJose,and seized numerous fraudulent creditcards,IDs,machinery used to manufacturefraudulent credit cards and weapons includingan assault riﬂe with a high-capacity magazine,according to San Mateo police.San Mateo’s Narcotics Unit,pursuingthe marijuana investigation,located andseized additional drugs and arrested twoadditional suspects in San Jose for posses-sion of more than an ounce of metham-phetamine and firearms violations,accord-ing to San Mateo police.Lozano,Le and Angeles were booked intoSan Mateo County Jail. Lozano faces chargesof identity theft and conspiracy. Le wascharged with transportation and possessionfor sale of marijuana and conspiracy. Angeleswas booked for conspiracy,identity theft,counterfeiting,use of fraudulent access cards,counterfeit identiﬁcation,possession of fraud-ulent identiﬁcation and possession of a highcapacity assault riﬂe magazine.Duy Nguyen,a 32-year-old male resident of San Jose,was booked into the Santa ClaraCounty Jail for conspiracy,possession of methamphetamine for sale,and unlawful pos-session of a ﬁrearm by a felon. Lastly,Thao“Tammy”Nguyen,a 25-year-old female resi-dent of San Jose,was booked into the SantaClara County Jail for conspiracy and posses-sion of methamphetamine for sale,accordingto San Mateo police.
Suspicious activityleads to counterfeitingoperation,drugs,weapons,five arrests
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The father accused of taking his childrenfrom South San Francisco and spiriting themaway on a stolen yacht in September will standtrial on a number of felonies including kidnap-ping and child endangerment.Christopher Maffei,43,previously pleadednot guilty to all charges but a judge ruled after apreliminary hearing Friday there is sufﬁcientevidence to try him on counts including ﬁrst-degree burglary,kidnapping,taking a child froma lawful custodian,child endangerment andpossessing a stolen motor vehicle.At the same hearing,Judge Lisa Novak alsodenied a defense request to lower all thefelonies to misdemeanors.Maffei cried during thehearing,said DistrictAttorney Steve Wagstaffe.On Sept. 4,2012,the 43-year-old man allegedly took his 3-year-old daughter and2-year-old son from theirmother’s South SanFrancisco home and sailedaway on a yacht he’d stolenfrom an Alameda marina.Authorities located the 41-foot boat,which had run out of fuel and,afterhours of monitoring,the Coast Guard escortedthe vessel into Santa Cruz Harbor.The children were unharmed and Maffei wastaken into custody.As Maffei took the children,his ex-girlfriendand the children’s mother was at the San MateoCounty Superior Court ﬁling a restraining orderrequest against him.Maffei has said in earlier court appearancesthat he took the children to prevent them fromabuse.He remains in custody in lieu of $500,000bail and returns to court Feb. 20 to enter aSuperior Court plea and possibly set a trial date.
Dad to trial for taking boat, children