Home burglary yields quarter million in jewelry

Rear door pried open

Jewelry worth nearly a quarter million dollars was stolen from a home in the first block of Puri Court, according to a police report, which said the robbery took place between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 11.

Among the items stolen in the theft, which totaled $247,805, were a diamond bracelet worth $25,000, four-carat sapphire and diamond earrings worth $25,000, and two plastic bags containing gold, diamond and sapphire jewelry worth $55,000, the report said. A rear window was smashed to provide access to the home and a rear door was pried open, according to the report.

In another home robbery, computer equipment worth $1,000 and an autographed Oakland Raiders jersey valued at an estimated $1,000 were stolen from a home in the 1500 block of Trimingham Drive, according to a police report, which said the theft occurred between 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15. A rear door was pried open to provide access, the report said.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Feb 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

People should really consider putting their valuable in the safe deposit box at the bank. These extreme losses can easily be prevented.

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I have been told by more than one person that keeping valuables in a safety deposit box is not a good idea. Many people have gone in to get something out of their box and found it missing. Maybe a better idea is to have a home safe. Something that cannot be easily move by one person. If you have that much jewelry you should be able to afford a good safe. Ask your insurance agent , what is the best way to protect your valuables?

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

Sure they had that much jewelery stolen. I have some swamp land to sell you, too.

Who in their right mind wouldn't have better protection for jewelery worth that much. I cannot imagine anyone putting $55K worth of jewelery in plastic bags?

I have nowhere near that much and mine is locked up in a safe when I'm not wearing it.

Unless their jewelery has a separate policy on their homeowners, they are S.O.L. because I believe a homeowners policy only covers you for $1250 per theft, not per piece unless the jewelery is recently appraised and insured on a separate policy.

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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Great job Pleasanton weekly! How about reporting which homes don't have home security systems, the best neighborhoods to hit and the $ amount in take of the Del Prado/Parkside/Valley Trails methhead burglar? We need to do more to attract criminals here to rob us!

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Posted by None of the Above
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

While I appreciate your concern, Californian, let me make two points:

1. Do you seriously think your "methhead burglar" spends any time reading at all, much less researching the spots she/he plans to hit?

2. Legatus non violatur: Don't shoot the messenger! Blaming the PW for writing a story about someone who left $250,000 in jewelry sitting around (unsecured) their home is like blaming the police because you got a DUI.

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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm


Methhead burglar is Pleasanton resident. Criminals are using blogs and social media to commit crimes - ask the po-lice if you don't believe me.

Journalists reporting crime do a service to society when they give description of perps, and alert people to dangerous activities going on that they wouldn't otherwise be aware of. If the media changes our behavior to make us more vigilant, then they've done good for society.

The dollar amount of what's been stolen, while sensational, isn't relevant to protecting the public safety - but it does reiterate what many of our criminal friends from the west East Bay know - that many Pleasantonians are hard-working, affluent folks whose homes make bright targets for robbery. That's bad for Pleasanton.

And congratulations on knowing a Latin phrase, but blaming the media for reporting a story is not the same as blaming the police for a DUI - unless you are saying that those who were robbed of were personally responsible for the act of being robbed by virtue of their holding high-dollar valuables in their home. That's usually referred to as "blaming the victim."

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