Reckless-driving traffic stop results in LBPD’s discovery of hoax pipe bomb

On Feb. 11, around 9am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for reckless driving, in the area of Anaheim Street and Daisy Avenue, and found the driver in possession of a handgun, according to the LBPD. In the course of searching the vehicle, officers located a suspicious device resembling a pipe bomb, which resulted in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Disposal Unit responding to the location. The device was later determined to be a replica pipe bomb.
Officers arrested the driver, Bradford Pinkham, 48 years old, for carrying a loaded handgun and possession of a hoax bomb device.
Detectives furthered their investigation and executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in the city of Phelan. With the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, detectives located narcotics, narcotic paraphernalia, and other evidence related to the investigation.
The matter was presented to the Los Angeles Count District Attorney’s Office, and the following charges were filed:

• Sale/offer to sell/transportation of a controlled substance
• Possession for sale of a controlled substance
• Ex-felon in possession of a firearm
• Possession of a controlled substance
• Unlawful possession of ammunition

Those with additional information regarding this investigation are asked to contact Violent Crimes Detective David Ternullo at (562) 570-7250. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit lacrimestoppers.org .

Source: LBPD

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