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Police: Neighbors' Tips Led to Pot, Meth and Gun Bust

Two men were arrested Friday after Elk Grove Police obtained a warrant to search their home.

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Two men were arrested Friday after police say they found drugs and guns in their Elk Grove home, and the authorities couldn't have done it without the community's help.

Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Chris Trim said the arrest, which left Elk Grove residents 22-year-old Salvador Francisco and 23-year-old Joel Trumbo behind bars, was the result of about two months of tips from neighbors reporting suspicious activity at the pair's home near Franklin and Laguna boulevards.

"If you call us [and] you give us information, it may take us a couple months but eventually we'll have a positive outcome," Trim said.

As a result of the tips and investigation by the department's Street Crimes Unit, police were able to obtain a warrant and search the home. What they found Friday afternoon was marijuana, methamphetamine, digital scales, packaging materials and four handguns, according to a crime log.

Francisco was charged in connection with the drugs, but was released around 3:30 a.m. the next morning on a $10,000 bond. He's due in court this Friday, Oct. 5.

Trumbo was charged with a parole violation and is currently being held without bail in the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

Trim declined to elaborate on the types of activity neighbors noticed at the pair's home, but said generally, a large number people paying quick visits to a home can mean something suspicious is happening. He said to also watch out for odd odors or noises.

"Folks live in the neighrbohood, they know what's normal and what's not normal," he said. "Everybody has a 'spidey sense.' "

Elk Grove residents are able to provide anonymous tips to the police department by calling 916-627-3333 or visiting http://www.elkgrovepd.org/reporting/crime-tips.asp.

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Tom Brown October 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Good work citizens and EGPD!
Cody Kitaura (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I'm curious ... Everyone always talks about how people don't really know their neighbors anymore. If something suspicious was happening in your neighborhood, would you notice it?
Michelle October 02, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I would notice it. I try to be very aware of our surroundings. I may be extra cautious because I have children but I will not let something odd go unnoticed. We need to all be watchful of our neighborhoods.
John October 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I would definately notice Cody! Lately we have had several odd accurances in our neighborhood and we did call the police and it was nothing. We were told it was better to be safe than sorry. It's unfortunate that I don't know my neighbors the way my parent's probably knew theirs but I still know their cars and what times they leave for work and are home. If I were to see an odd vehicle parked in front of their house with someone just sitting inside for a long period of time I would defintely call the police. Lately I've been reading about home invasions taking place in the EG area? People gain entry by simply knocking on the door with some sort of proposal or the other with a few more people waiting off to the side out of sight of the peep hole? Please be more carefull Elk Grove! If you do not know the person DO NOT open your door.

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