Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of Replica Pipe Bomb and Arrest of Suspect on Multiple Charges

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fatal hit and runOn February 11, 2013, around 9:00 a.m., Long Beach Police officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for reckless driving, in the area of Anaheim Street and Daisy Avenue.  Officers found the driver in possession of a handgun and in the course of searching the vehicle 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, 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

The Long Beach Police Department would like to extend their appreciation to the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Department for their assistance with this investigation.

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


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