Los Osos man hires cop for contract killing
February 6, 2016
A Los Osos man was arrested Thursday evening after he allegedly paid an undercover officer to kill a business associate with whom he had a falling out. Anthony Gene Stevens, 52, is charged with solicitation to commit murder.
Stevens owns T. Stevens Moving Services, according to online information about the Los Osos company. There was an ongoing feud between Stevens and a the business associate, according to a San Luis Obispo Police Department press release.
On Tuesday evening, SLOPD received information that Stevens was actively seeking someone to murder the associate. SLOPD’s Special Enforcement Team then used an undercover detective to setup a meeting with Stevens in a public parking lot in Arroyo Grande.
The detective met with Stevens on Thursday. Stevens provided the undercover officer detailed information about the victim, including the man’s name and home address, as well as pictures.
They agreed on a price for the murder. Stevens left and returned later with the cash payment.
Officers then arrested him without incident.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, CHP and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also took part in the operation.
Officers booked Stevens in to the San Luis Obispo County Jail on the lone charge of solicitation to commit murder. Stevens is being held without bail due to the severity of the charge.
The investigation into the case is ongoing. Police urge anyone with information about the case to call SLOPD at (805) 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.
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