LANCASTER – A known motorcycle gang member was arrested Tuesday, and illegal drugs, stolen property and two firearms were seized, after deputies served a search warrant at a Lancaster residence, authorities said.
Michael James Pappacoda was captured near his home after a short pursuit; the 46-year-old was arrested for burglary, possession of illegal narcotics with a firearm and a previous petty theft warrant, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
The incident started around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, when Lancaster deputies with the Burglary Suppression Team went to serve a search warrant at Pappacoda’s residence in the 44600 block of Andale Avenue, Ruiz stated.
“As deputies were trying to stop the suspect near his home, he fled on a motorcycle,” Ruiz stated. “Deputies pursued the suspect and located him a few blocks away. Suspect Pappacoda was apprehended without further incident.”
A search of Pappacoda’s residence turned up stolen property, methamphetamine, a semi-auto pistol and a rifle, according to Ruiz.
Pappacoda was arrested around 1:46 p.m. Tuesday and booked at the Lancaster Station jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records.
Detectives with the Burglary Suppression Team will contact victims of prior burglaries in an effort to return their stolen property, Ruiz said.
The investigation is ongoing.