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Former student arrested

By Alexis Terrazas
On October 2, 2006

Early Sunday morning Hillsborough police arrested former CSM student Gary Michael Poon for suspicion of possession of stolen property when a resident phoned police after seeing flashlights outside in their car port area.
The 27 year old Poon along with his 17 year old accomplice, both Millbrae residents, were spotted at 4:22 in the morning by a Hillsborough resident in the car port area on the 100 Block of Buena Vista Drive. The resident whose attention was caught by the two suspects flashlight, immediately called the police.
According to Captain Mark O'Connor of the Hillsborough Police Department, Hillsborough Officers David Young and Peter Gould arrived on the scene to find a silver Nissan Pathfinder blocking the driveway. The officers then saw the suspect come out of the shadows and ordered him to the ground where he was cuffed and detained.
The officers then noticed an open wallet on the center console of the blocking car, which Poon claimed to be his own. The wallet contained the drivers license belonging to a resident of Orange Court in northern Hillsborough, several miles away. At that point, the two present officers placed Poon under arrest for possession of stolen property, according to O'Connor.
Poon who originally claimed to be lost in the neighborhood before being arrested, told officers he was by himself despite the resident seeing two flashlights.
Poon's 17-year old accomplice surrendered shortly after Burlingame Officer Steve Vega gave his canine admonishment. "The admonishment is a loud vocal warning to anyone in the area that the dog will be used," said O'Connor.
Over 100 items were recovered from Poon's car, ranging from personal electronics such as cell phones to binoculars and electronic tools, according to O'Connor.
Along with the stolen property found in his car, more stolen items were seized from Poon's home, one of them being a laptop computer.
After being charged with six counts of Possession of Stolen Property, Petty Theft, Conspiracy, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Poon was booked at the San Mateo County Jail.
Poon said he paid his $10,000 bail and is free. According to Poon, his court date is scheduled for later this month.
Police said, Poon also possed several skeleton keys to open locked cars and also had a lock picking kit. With Poon already being charged with six counts of Possession of Stolen Property, Petty Theft, Conspiracy, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, it's very possible that he can be charged with possession of Burglary tools as well.
Poon who worked in the after school program at Bayside Middle School in San Mateo, is currently placed on administrative leave.
Joan Rosas assistant superintendent, said "that until Poon has his final court hearing, [he] will be kept on administrative leave."
Poon apparently is known also as "JokerG," according to his online myspace account. Poon's myspace has now been set to private, only allowing his registered myspace friends to view it.
Though when his account was still public, a joker background wallpaper entailing an emblem that listed an occupation as "professional criminal" was visible to visitors.
Poon refused to comment further on the case.


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