Pleasanton police are thanking an alert resident on Independence Drive for her help in catching thieves responsible for stealing hundreds of checks from throughout the Bay Area.
That woman happened to be looking out her window just before 9 a.m. today when she saw outgoing mail stolen from her curbside mailbox, according to a police report.
The woman called 911 and described the two black male adults and the vehicle they left in, a black Cadillac Escalade.
While police units were en route, a community service office spotted that Escalade speeding away, headed south on Sunol Boulevard and radioed the location to officers.
The Escalade was stopped on northbound I-680 without incident.
"A search of the Escalade revealed not only checks stolen from today's victim, but hundreds of other checks from Pleasanton and throughout the Bay Area," the report said.
Marcellus Lewis, 38, Kenyatta Island, 34, and Kent Battle, 27, all of Oakland, were arrested for mail theft and possession of stolen property.
The three were booked into Santa Rita jail.