WCPD: Squatters Arrested Inside $2-Million Home in Walnut Creek

July 19, 2013 11:32 am · 43 comments



Squatters with an assault rifle have been arrested in Walnut Creek, according to the Walnut Creek Police Department (WCPD).

The following information is from WCPD:

On Monday 7/15/13, Walnut Creek PD officers were summoned to Sugarloaf Court in Walnut Creek on a report of unauthorized subjects living in an unoccupied home.

Officers spoke to the occupants who produced what was later determined to be a fraudulent lease for the home. Further investigation revealed that the identity of the former owner had been stolen and the fraudulent lease was created with that identification. The occupants of the home were implicated in that fraud.

The investigation also determined that occupants of the home were in possession of assault type weapons. With the assistance of the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office a search warrant for the home and arrest warrants for four of the occupants was obtained.

On 7/18/13 30-year-old Sydney Jones and 22-year-old Natalie Neith were arrested on the warrants. Due to the information of assault weapons in the home WCPD investigators utilized the Central Contra Costa County SWAT team for the service of the search warrant.

An assault rifle was located in the residence.

Two other suspects are still being sought by investigators.

There were no injuries during the investigation, and possession of the home has been turned back over to the rightful owner.

Anon July 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Looks like a pretty posh place, bet the neighbors were all over that, some transients squatting there. Good job WCPD!

Julio July 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

GREAT JOB! Hope they didn’t foul up the house.

anon July 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

just looked at the house on zillow…… oh my God, I’ll live in it until someone bus it 😉

anonanonagain July 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Glad that they removed the squatters ad hopefully punish them for not only forging documents, impersonating the owner and in possession with assault rifles. Jeez!!!
The picture must not represent the house very well. 2 million dollars?? Wow.

ANON July 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The phony lease thing happens all the time.

EC July 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

WCPD, Only helping out the wealthy.

Dontprofile July 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Stop profilling squaters!

Atticus Thraxx July 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Any excuse to roll out SWAT so the boys can run around in their tactical PJs?WTF ever happened to just sending a couple of cops and knock on the door? The militarization of our police forces is a troubling trend. At some point you move from the community policing paradigm to occupation by armed forces.

Just a Concordian July 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

And here I am thinking this sort of thing happened only in Pittsburgh. Clearly, I am mistaken…

In possession of "an ASSAULT RIFLE"? July 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Those are two of the most inflammatory words in our present day language, but an assault rifle is not an illegal weapon, unless it is fully automatic, and isn’t any more dangerous than your run-of-the-mill semi-auto rifle. To be merely “in possession” isn’t a crime, but it sure does scare some folks. And no, I’m not a gun nut.

C July 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Well to be fair, EC, the wealthy do pay more in taxes in terms of dollars.

JAFO July 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM


Your ignorance is showing. If a police agency (WC in this case) has intelligence that occupants have police records, outstanding warrants and weapons, it would be malfeance for the agency not to approach the residence with the upmost caution. Do a little research and you’ll find far too many sad cases when “a couple of (unsuspecting) cops have knocked on the door” as you suggest and been abushed. Police officers have a right to go home to their families after they’ve completed their shifts. Anything that increases their chances of doing so should be okay with the cutizenry they protect every day, including you.

#10 July 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

You may be right. However, people that are squatting, forging documents, impersonating the owner and other various acts probably aren’t the type of people you want possessing those types of weapons…….It will be interesting to see what other devious things these people have been up to.

anonanonagain July 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I hope the Mayor can keep us abreast of any new information regarding these squatters. As he almost always does!! Thank you……

Elwood July 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

“WTF ever happened to just sending a couple of cops and knock on the door? ”

Ever hear of Santa Cruz, fool?

Mike July 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

“An assault rifle was located in the residence.”
Can you please site your source for this statement?
Was it fully automatic? If not, it isn’t an “Assault Rifle”.
Please not the first sentence in this article:

CLAYCORD.com July 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

@Mike, it clearly states the source is the WCPD.

Yhe Phantom July 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

“WTF ever happened to just sending a couple of cops and knock on the door?”

Too many LE being killed or nearly being killed with “not” assault weapons by NRA “Rambo” crack heads with “stand your ground” militia paranoia.

If I were LE I would want 30 Delta style snipers and a Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicle (MRAP). We will have one soon.

Why get killed for a public that screams, “cut the budget…shut down the Police Officers Association!” at every ballot, yet they want rapid response to any minor crime…in four minutes.

When you cut the Fire Dept. you just cut the Medic if the cop gets shot.

You guys are always thinking of the other guy…

Kirkwood July 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Interesting topic.
My uncle bought some property in the back country near Sonora. The property had an abandoned house occupied by squatters. It took 5 months to go through the court system and when he arrived with the Sheriff to kick them out, they had left the day before. There are people who know how to game the system and live rent free indefinitely. In California it is possible for a squatter to apply for a deed after 5 years of occupying the property – if certain conditions are met. Lucky for the W. C. landlord, there was that fake lease which made it a criminal case and the police were able to act quickly.

Tami July 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM
Kirkwood July 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

“WTF ever happened to just sending a couple of cops and knock on the door?”

Squatting in of itself (did I phrase that correctly?) is not a crime, it is a civil matter.

Wish I had posted this first instead of the wordy one above. 20/20 hindsight.

Gus July 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

That house is one of three monsterously large houses slapped onto the side of the hill above Rudgear Rd. AFAIK this one, the middle of the three and last built, has never sold.

anonanonagain July 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

@ Kirkwood, “In California it is possible for a squatter to apply for a deed after 5 years of occupying the property – if certain conditions are met.”

Perhaps the laws need to be changed to prevent squatters who have no lawful rights or connections to properties that they have occupied. You are right, there are losers that scam the system. Owners need to be protected from losers like these……

Lalalala July 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM


Your ignorance is showing. The following are not words:


Cassandra July 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I’m a court reporter, so I “somewhat understand the law”, and I had squatters in a very nice neighborhood in San Diego (a wealthy man died, and his kids did nothing with the house), but I still think it’s bizarre. Squatters wouldn’t exist if homeowners, landlords, and will recipients would follow through with the property, whatever the case may be. Just a thought!

Atticus Thraxx July 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Not interested in being “occupied” by a police force that sees goblins behind every door and over reacts. Yeah as JAFO semi-coherent posts states, in this particular case this kind of response may have been warranted. But in general, and not so much here in Claycord, there is a definitive trend towards militarizing police forces.
Look, I love a good cop as much as the next guy, and I would love to not write any more checks to any more memorials for our police. But there is a growing problem here and it’s trending towards getting worse.
Phantom I have no idea what your talking about. You missed my point. Or you didn’t and your just a ‘tard.

Concord Home July 19, 2013 at 6:14 PM

The house was under remodel and was empty on Friday but on Monday when the contractor went over to finish some work, the house was occupied by Mr. Jones. It took until Friday to get them out. The house is owned by a small investment co, not a bank.

Fig Newton July 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

these dirtbags were probably going for established residency,,,,,a way for people to get a free place to live,,i guess a job isnt possible! It’s gonna be a hot summer,,, hopefully they find a shady tree at Baldwin park!

KenInConcord July 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

My guess is you would do the same amount of time in jail if you squared in a Walnut Creek mega home as you would in a Bay Point crack house!

I give them credit for thinking big!!!


Then... July 19, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Y’all screwy, screwy in the brain. Talkin about
Nonsense , when s**t be slippin away,
And geez , how many freakin “anon’s”
are there? Put them all together and they
still don’t amount to half a freakin brain.

Triple Canopy July 19, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The ironic thing is that house was most recently owned by a cop!!!

@anonanon... July 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

There would not be a “United States of
America ” if it weren’t for squatters”.
Ask any indigenous,(first) person’s.
You are spoiled, you were no doubt the
kid who took his ball and went home when
things didn’t go your way. If it was you,
you’d be screaming squatters rights.
I guess when your full of s**t, it just leaks
out all over the place, even here.

anon July 20, 2013 at 7:25 AM

“It took 5 months to go through the court system and when he arrived with the Sheriff to kick them out, they had left the day before.”

As a a process server who does a lot of eviction work–something is really wrong here–if you have your documents right–it does not take that long.

“The house was under remodel and was empty on Friday but on Monday when the contractor went over to finish some work, the house was occupied by Mr. Jones. ”

Its called trespassing–it does not take that long

A lot of PD’s do not know the law & they treat it like a civil & want you to evict them..there are ways to deal with them faster

caskydiver July 20, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Wow…they really focus on the “possession of an “assault” rifle” in this article, but what’s the point? The sqatters are merely guilty of a non-violent crime. They have a right to defend themselves, too. Possession of a rifle is not a crime and I hope they get it returned to them quickly. Gee…I am surprised that they didn’t mention (like the press often does in reports like this) that “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” or a “cache of ammunition” was also found. That never makes much sense to me either since, for those not familiar with firearms, isn’t really a lot of ammo. It SOUNDS like it, but it isn’t….one can go through that in a short day at a target range.

In kahoots July 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Shady real estate agents set these people up in foreclosures to get a cut of the ransom paid by the banks to get them out. Happened to a house on my street in Concord 2 years ago.

anon July 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM


Assault rifle by definition is an automatic rifle. You must be thinking of the made up political term “assault weapon” which means whatever the politicians think is icky.

Mac July 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

caskeydiver: Rounds of ammunition weren’t found because Homeland Security bought it all up and the manufacturers ran out.
My brother just sold a rental property where the tenants didn’t pay for five months and then they demanded $3000 to leave! My brother paid it because it was cheaper and more expedient than the court system.

led July 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Over-militarizing the police is a problem. It’s a Pratchett that only goes one way, and it makes the likelihood of tragic mistakes higher.

led July 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Darn auto’correct’. Make that “ratchet “…

Yo Diva! July 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

“Assault Rifle”

It’s because it’s black isn’t it?


SOS July 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Wow seems like Wcpd has a lot of time on their hands.. I just recently got scammed off Craigslist a owner gave me a fake rental lease but I just had to get through the court and get the landlord prosecuted this seems like it was a set up

Monique July 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

I find this amusing I work at aladdin and they bailed out they looked like innocent couple maried with kids and surprisingly both had great jobs. I can’t believe how the media fabricates such false information just to let people get rowdy and talk a whole bunch of bull crap..

Ellis July 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

all of these reports on this incident are false and fabricated. For number one they are not “squatters”. They are victims of a scam and racsim by the predominatley white wcpd. The so called “assault weapon” was a legally registered rifle. Look at all the money the city has wasted when they could have been using it to go after the guy from craigslist that scammed them and that has probably scammed many others.

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