SANTA CLARA -- Before they could even cut the opening ribbon, the first infraction was whistled at a finished Levi's Stadium, only this penalty was called by the Santa Clara Police Department.

Police on Monday released its weekly crime blotter that included the July 15 arrest of 51-year-old Watsonville resident Eric Johnson. He was reportedly spotted wandering inside the new home of the San Francisco 49ers on Marie P. DeBartolo Way about 6:45 a.m. that morning, two days before the stadium formally opened to great fanfare.

Johnson was rustled up by security staff, and when responding officers ran a background check, they discovered there was a misdemeanor warrant out for him in San Mateo County for vandalism and resisting arrest, Lt. Kurt Clarke said.

He was booked into the Santa Clara County jail, and on Thursday was transferred to the custody of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and released the next day.

Johnson's arrest was the first at the fully built stadium. During construction, a man working for an electrical contractor was arrested on site after he was accused of stealing from his company, though the thefts were not believed to have been directly from the stadium.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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