Four Arrested in Residential Burglary

Victim and witness provide description leading to arrests


Four people are facing charges following their arrests in connection with a residential burglary in Danville.  According to Danville Police Lieutenant Jeff Moule, on September 2, 2011 police were called to a home on Rubicon Circle regarding a burglary.  The homeowner informed the investigating officer that someone entered her home and took approximately $10,000 in jewelry, clothing and other items.

The victim told detectives that she suspected a relative in the burglary.  Interviews with surrounding neighbors netted a description of a suspect that matched that of the relative.  Acting on this information, police conducted surveillance of the suspect in Oakland.  On September 2, 2011 a traffic stop was conducted  on a vehicle in which the suspect was riding and the majority of the missing jewelry was found to be in the possession of the woman, identified as Danielle Bonnington of Danville.  In addition to the jewelry, police also found a loaded firearm and methamphetamine.

The three other occupants of the auto were also arrested.  Two of the three were also wearing some of the stolen jewelry. The three were identified as Danielle Gonzales, 31, of Livermore and Oakland, Jason Lord, 30, of Oakland and Helen Wellman, 45, of Oakland.  They were charged with: 

Bonnington:   Residential burglary and possession of stolen property.
Gonzales:  Possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamines for sale.
Lord:   Parole violation and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Wellman:  Possession of a concealed and loaded firearm.

Bonnington was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility, Gonzales, Lord and Wellman were booked in the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County. 

Further charges may be filed, after a search of the home where Gonzales, Lord and Bonnington were living revealed more stolen property.

For more information, contact Det. Sgt. Allan Shields at (925) 314-3703 or