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By Robert Salonga The Mercury News
SAN JOSEm Calif. — Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a burglar who stole guns from a San Jose home and left behind a note threatening to shoot police officers and people in San Francisco, authorities said.
A San Jose family returned from vacation Wednesday night and discovered that their Husted Avenue home in the Willow Glen neighborhood had been burglarized and that their 357 pistol and shotgun were missing, police said.
The family also found an erratic, meandering 20-page note written by 44-year-old Dustin Hamilton, in which he made threats to “kill people in the city of San Francisco and any law enforcement personnel,” according to police.
San Jose police alerted police in San Francisco, and also obtained an arrest warrant for burglary, criminal threats, and firearms possession. Authorities also said Hamilton has active arrest warrants for assault and vandalism in San Francisco.
Police added that Hamilton, a transient who lives in the San Francisco area, specified he would commit a shooting Wednesday, but that did not transpire.
SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia said Hamilton’s alleged threat rose to the level of public alert because of its specificity and the fact that he is armed.
“When it became known to law enforcement about the threat, and the capability to carry out the threat, we felt the public needed to know,” Garcia said.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the man or spots him directly should call 911, or SJPD Detective Emilio Perez and Detective Matt Brackett at 408-277-4161. Anonymous tips can be left at 408-947-STOP or at svcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.
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