Los Osos man hires cop for contract killing

February 6, 2016
Anthony Gene Stevens

Anthony Gene Stevens

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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  1. smile4thecamera says:

    I think he’s the guy on craigslist who posted numerous times about his competitors not having licenses and not to hire them. I moved and so was looking for someone to move us. I didn’t use him, but noticed he really had an axe to grind with competition in general.

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  2. Robert1 says:

    Looks like he will making one last move for a while now.

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  3. dogeatdog says:

    I knew Tony from shooting archery and he made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

    He is a real genius, he broke his legs jumping out of a 2nd story window to get away from the cops years ago, and then claimed he was disabled.

    How many disabled people own a moving company? To hear him talk and give bids he was a con through and through.He is where he needs to be, and I hope they keep you for a long time this time.

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  4. Perspicacious says:

    No Mensa material here! I wonder if any of his kids were the Burger King employees who trashed their place of employment?

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  5. achillesheal says:

    And he thought his business had troubles before this situation.

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  6. Pelican1 says:

    Genius! Pure genius.

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  7. hijinks says:

    Another of Happy Town’s finest problem solvers.

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