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UPDATE: Search warrant served in Grover Beach linked to destructive device investigation

Posted at 1:59 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 17:14:28-04

(UPDATE 1:50 p.m.) – Grover Beach police say a search warrant served Tuesday morning on the 200 block of South 10th Street led to five people being detained and was linked to an investigation involving destructive devices that have, in some cases, been detonated in the city over the past several months.

The first case was back on Oct. 15, 2018 when police say a suspected destructive device was found on the 300 block of South 10th Street on the Grover Beach Elementary School Campus.

The device did not go off and was taken in as evidence.

A few months later, on Feb. 26, 2019, police say they responded to the 100 block of South 9th Street and the 900 block of Ramona Avenue to reports of devices being detonated.

Police say investigators collected evidence from both instances.

Grover Beach police say they distributed a photo of a person of interest in the case, which led to many tips.

A search warrant was then obtained for a home that was located near all of the locations where devices were found.

“Due to public safety concerns and in an abundance of caution, we deployed multiple resources this morning to ensure the safety of the community and everyone involved,” police said in a press release.

Of the five people detained, one was reportedly cited for being under the influence of narcotics.

Police say everyone was later released. Their names have not been released.

Anyone with information on the case that may help investigators is asked to contact Detective Nelida Aceves at (805) 473-4511 or or Senior Police Officer Matthew Goodman at

Anonymous tips can be made to San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers at (805) 549- STOP (7867).


ORIGINAL STORY: Authorities, including SWAT teams and the bomb task force, were on scene in Grover Beach early Tuesday morning serving a search warrant.

Grover Beach police are releasing few details at this time, but say the warrant is in connection with an ongoing investigation.

Authorities first arrived on scene at the home on the 200 block of South 10th Street around 5:30 a.m., according to police.

Photo courtesy: Kerry Evans Nechodom‎
Photo courtesy: Kerry Evans Nechodom‎


As of 7:30 a.m., 10th Street in the area remained closed off.

One KSBY viewer reported having a SWAT member on her roof on South 10th Street near Longbranch.

Photo courtesy: Kerry Evans Nechodom‎
Photo courtesy: Kerry Evans Nechodom‎


The Grover Beach Police Department is in charge of the investigation. The San Luis Obispo County Regional SWAT Team, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and bomb squad are assisting.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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