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St. Helena police officer receives commendation; 2 others sworn in

St. Helena police officer receives commendation; 2 others sworn in

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Officer Todd Heald received a commendation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for solving a major burglary, while new officers Colton Adams and Randall Stephenson took the oath of office.

Heald led the investigation into a Jan. 5 burglary at the Beringer Vineyards production facility on Pratt Avenue. Numerous items were missing, including a 2016 Ford F-150 truck, laptops, cell phones, sports memorabilia and vehicle keys. The items were valued at $50,000.

After the burglary was discovered the next morning, Heald was the first officer on the scene. He searched the building, located and processed evidence, and tied the burglary to the security guard who’d been on duty that night.

Heald alerted Vallejo police, who found the guard and a suspected accomplice in the stolen truck. Both were arrested.

“Your hard work and determination resulted in the recovery of stolen property, which included the stolen vehicle and the arrest of the suspect responsible for the burglary,” said Police Chief Chris Hartley.

Heald joined the St. Helena Police Department in 2003.

Tuesday’s council meeting also included the swearing in of officers Colton Adams and Randall Stephenson, who joined the department in early January.

Adams grew up in Napa and previously worked for the Napa Police Department. Stephenson grew up in Phoenix and previously worked for the San Francisco Police Department.

You can reach Jesse Duarte at 967-6803 or jduarte@sthelenastar.com.

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