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San Luis Obispo man arrested, stolen property recovered

Matthew Spicer, 33, of San Luis Obispo, was arrested Saturday evening on suspicion of felon in possession of a firearm and stolen property, among other charges.
Matthew Spicer, 33, of San Luis Obispo, was arrested Saturday evening on suspicion of felon in possession of a firearm and stolen property, among other charges.

A San Luis Obispo man was arrested Saturday evening on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and stolen property, among other charges.

A citizen contacted the San Luis Obispo Police Department on Friday afternoon to report a possible shooting that had occurred early Thursday morning, according to a Police Department news release. The shooting allegedly took place in a field south of Los Osos Valley Road, near the Los Verdes condominium complex. The shooting did not result in any injuries.

Investigating officers recovered surveillance video and identified Matthew Spicer, 33, and his vehicle as being involved in the shooting, according to the news release. The investigation regarding why Spicer was in the field during the shooting is ongoing.

Spicer is a known felon, according to the news release, and he’s been suspected in several recent San Luis Obispo burglaries. Officers conducted surveillance in areas Spicer is known to frequent and located him about 5:15 p.m. Saturday on Suburban Road, behind Food 4 Less in San Luis Obispo.

Officers were also able to find the vehicle identified in the surveillance video, nearby at Suburban Road and Horizon Lane. A motor home used by Spicer was also found.

A search of both vehicles found several items of suspected and confirmed stolen property from cases currently being investigated by the Police Department, according to the news release. Officers also found a handgun, which they believe to be the gun used by Spicer during the alleged shooting. The gun was stolen during a residential burglary in San Luis Obispo in November of last year, officials say. Additional investigation is ongoing.

Spicer was booked into County Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, misdemeanor possessing stolen property, misdemeanor being under the influence of a controlled substance, felony assault with firearm on person and felony threat with intent to terrorize. His bail was set at $70,000.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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