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STEPHEN M. SANZERI
San Francisco, CA
Stephen is the son of Steven and Jo Anne Sanzeri, and the older brother of Skip Sanzeri. Parents are deceased.
Stephen spent his school years in San Mateo, California, where he attended Hillsdale High School and was a three sport athlete. After graduation, he attended the College of San Mateo.
In the late 1970s, Stephen worked for Van Rogers and Waters, as a Teamster, and later as a security guard for San Mateo Patrol. That’s when he decided to become a police officer and changed his college studies toward Administration of Justice. He no longer wanted to be a Chiropractor.
In 1981, Stephen entered the San Jose Police Academy as a non-affiliate cadet. He was proud to accept the Top Athlete and Top Gun awards. He was hired by the City of Burlingame, California, in December of 1982.
In 1982, Stephen opened his first health club, “The Body Factory” in San Mateo. It was a winner, and two years later, Stephen was licensed by Gold’s Gym and the 10,000 sq. ft. facility opened in Foster City. Stephen trained professional athletes from the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He left Burlingame and joined the Foster City Police Department.
Tired of the hustle in the bay area, and as an avid hunter and fly fisherman, Stephen headed for the foothills and moved to Arnold, California, in 1988, where he became a partner in Sequoia Woods County Club. Offered an attractive buyout, Stephen sold his shares and went into the bail bonding business in 1991. He never looked back.
As a successful bail agency, Stephen Sanzeri Bail Bonds soon gained notoriety and respect in the industry. In 1996, the television series “Bounty Hunters” premiered. Stephen appeared in 17 episodes and became the show’s field producer second season. Stephen used the influence of this national syndicated television show to present the first bounty hunting legislation in California. In 1998, AB 243 passed.
After selling the bail business in 2002, Stephen continued to bounty hunt and became more active as a private investigator. Soon, he was getting big cases. Not only did Stephen investigate the Yosemite Sightseer Murders, he chased down one of John Walsh’s America’s Most Wanted, Nevada's most wanted, and was the investigator for the plaintiff in a civil case regarding “DOG The Bounty Hunter.”
In 2007, Stephen opened a private prisoner extradition service, “American Extradition Specialists, LLC” and was awarded a contract with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Nevada.
Of the many interests in Stephen’s life, coaching high school baseball and football were some of the most enjoyable. But the most pleasurable times are with Elise, his daughter.
Stephen is about to publish his second true crime book “It’s Only A Business,” True Stories of a Modern Day Bounty Hunter. He is also polishing-up a couple of screenplays and about to start a third nonfiction book “PIG BOWL,” True Story of the San Mateo County Outlaws Police Football Team. Imagine “The Longest Yard” meets “North Dallas Forty.”