Posted by on April 24, 2018
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A San Bruno man indicted by a grand jury on 20 counts related to
an alleged auto burglary spree that lasted more than a year pleaded not
guilty today in San Francisco Superior Court.

Prosecutors have described Deshawn Patton, 21, as a “prolific auto
burglar” for allegedly burglarizing vehicles between 2016 and 2017. The
indictment against him was handed down Thursday, prosecutors said.

Patton has been indicted on 11 felonies, including eight counts of
auto burglary, one of receiving stolen property, one of resisting an
executive officer, and one of hit-and-run causing injury.

He was also indicted on nine misdemeanors, including two counts of
receiving stolen property, one of possession of a burglary tool, one of
unauthorized use of radio communication, three of resisting police officers,
one of theft and one of hit-and-run causing property damage.

“A case like this doesn’t happen by accident,” District Attorney
George Gascon said, explaining that his office worked for months to bring the
indictment against Patton.

“Auto burglaries in the city are primarily being driven by
organized groups. They’re breaking into many, many vehicles. This property is
being fenced through an organized network of people who are selling the
stolen property,” Gascon said.

According to the district attorney’s office, the alleged auto
burglaries occurred between April 12, 2016, and May 18, 2017. Of the eight
cases Patton is accused of, six involved victims from out-of-town and six
involved rental cars.

On four different occasions, officers tried to arrest Patton, but
he fled each time, once by ramming a police car, another time by ramming a
vehicle he had just burglarized and another time by running on foot,
prosecutors said.

Patton has been arrested since the crimes began, but had posted
bail afterward.

Prosecutors filed a bail source motion to ensure that Patton
wouldn’t be able to use illegally obtained funds to post bail. According to
jail records, he has now been in custody since November.

“We knew that he was going to bail, we knew that he had the money
to bail. And where was the money coming from? Guess what, it was coming from
stealing and ripping people off,” Gascon said.

A judge has set a trial date for Patton for June 11. Patton,
however, must appear before that for a pretrial hearing on May 18.

Defense attorney Lisa Dewberry wasn’t immediately available for
comment on the case.