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Police log: Ruby Hill burglary nets $70,000 in jewelry

More than $70,000 in jewelry and other items was stolen in a burglary at a home in the 4200 block of Ruby Hill Drive, a police report said. The theft took place between 11:30 a.m. July 12 and 5:30 p.m. July 17, according to the report, which said a pry bar was used to enter a bedroom window.

Taken was a $12,000 gold necklace, a $10,000 Chanel ring, a $10,000 pair of diamond and pearl earrings, a $5,500 pearl necklace, a $5,000 gold and pearl necklace, a $5,000 ivory necklace, a $5,000 woman's stainless steel and gold Rolex, a $3,000 black onyx necklace, $3,000 diamond stud earrings, a $2,500 moonstone and pearl bracelet, a $2,500 citrine ring and bracelet, $2,000 ivory bracelets, $1,250 black onyx earrings, $1,800 gold and ebony earrings, a $1,000 ivory ring, a $500 black snake pearl earrings, a $180 gold necklace, a $140 white pearl necklace, a passport valued at $100, and a $200 safe.

In other police reports:

A $2,500 MacBook, $700 iPad, $150 in luggage, flash drives valued at $80 and a $70 iPad cover were stolen in a July 13 commercial burglary in the 7000 block of Koll Center Parkway. The theft occurred between 2:05 and 2:20 p.m., around the same time as another burglary near the same location, which netted a $100 leather bag with papers and files. That theft took place between 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. The front door of that business had been left unlocked.Pleasanton Police Report

Last week's Pleasanton Police Department report also listed the following information:

JULY 13

Theft

- 7:41 a.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; identity theft

- 12:53 p.m. in the 5600 block of Stoneridge Drive; grand theft

- 2:31 p.m. in the 7000 block of Koll Center Parkway; grand theft, burglary

- 3:54 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; petty theft

- 7:52 p.m. in the 7000 block of Commerce Circle; identity theft

Burglary

- 3:36 p.m. in the 7000 block of Koll Center Parkway; burglary

Auto burglary

- 10:01 a.m. in the 2800 block of Hopyard Road

JULY 14

Theft

- 9:05 a.m. in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road; identity theft, petty theft

- 10:56 a.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road; petty theft

- 12:03 p.m. in the 4900 block of Valley Avenue; petty theft

- 6:00 p.m. in the 4900 block of Hopyard Road; petty theft

- 6:47 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft

- 8:19 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft

- 10:25 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft, possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance

Assault with a deadly weapon

- 9:47 p.m. in the 600 block of Concord Place

Vandalism

- 10:01 a.m. in the 8000 block of Regency Drive

- 10:23 a.m. in the 7300 block of Johnson Drive

- 8:36 p.m. in the 3700 block of Pimlico Drive

Paraphernalia possession

- 7:04 p.m. in the 3000 block of Bernal Avenue

JULY 15

Theft

- 7:54 a.m. in the 1800 block of Palmer Drive; petty theft

- 8:29 a.m. in the 6500 block of Singletree Way; auto parts theft

- 1:47 p.m. in the 4400 block of Clovewood Lane; auto theft

- 2 p.m. in the 4300 block of Hacienda Drive; petty theft

- 2:50 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; theft

Burglary

- 8:55 p.m. in the 2600 block of Via Espada

Drug/alcohol violations

- 7:06 p.m. in the 8100 block of Arroyo Drive; possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

- 9:41 p.m. at the intersection of Del Valle Parkway and Hopyard Road; DUI

- 11:57 p.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Valley Trails Drive; DUI

JULY 16

Theft

- 1:31 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft, two counts

Battery

- 12:17 a.m. in the 5800 block of Owens Drive

- 1:03 a.m. at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Santa Rita Road; battery, public drunkenness

Animal cruelty

- 7:02 p.m. at the intersection of W. Las Positas Boulevard and Apache Drive

Threats

- 11:06 a.m. in the 5400 block of Black Avenue

Public drunkenness

- 12:02 a.m. in the 5300 block of Hopyard Road

- 12:48 a.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street

- 3:11 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and I-680

- 11:05 p.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road

- 11:47 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue

JULY 17

Petty theft

- 9:25 a.m. in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Auto burglary

- 11:44 p.m. in the 3500 block of Stacey Court

Vandalism

- 6:39 a.m. at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Stanley Boulevard

Drug/alcohol violations

- 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Sycamore Road and Amber Lane; driving with marijuana

- 1:43 a.m. in the 1700 block of Santa Rita Road; DUI

- 5:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of Johnson Drive; paraphernalia possession

JULY 18

Theft

- 8:11 a.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasanton Avenue; auto theft

- 5:27 p.m. in the 4000 block of Sherry Court; petty theft

- 6:53 p.m. in the 2300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; identity theft

Auto burglary

- 7:59 a.m. in the 11900 block of Dublin Canyon road

Vandalism

- 10:38 a.m. on southbound I-680 north of Bernal Avenue

- 10:59 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Mohr Avenue

- 3:44 p.m. in the 3700 block of Reflections Drive

- 6:44 p.m. in the 3700 block of Vineyard Road

Drug/alcohol violations

- 12:31 a.m. in the 7300 block of Johnson Drive; under the influence of a controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

- 1:39 a.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road; public drunkenness

- 7:48 p.m. in the 5500 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard; public drunkenness

JULY 19

Theft

- 7:23 a.m. in the 1700 block of Santa Rita Road; petty theft

- 7:27 a.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; identity theft

- 11:40 a.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive; identity theft

- 8:26 p.m. in the 260 block of Monarda Court; identity theft

Vandalism

-10:39 a.m. in the 8000 block of Regency Drive

DUI

- 8 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue

Comments

Posted by SJ, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

$70,000 worth of jewlery and you don't have an alarm system or a safe??


Posted by Harry Bosch, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

That many high-end items and no alarm system turned on???

Sounds like an insurance scam to me. Where's Horatio and the CSI gang when you need them!


Posted by dknute, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

SJ....They TOOK the Safe!.....it was the last item listed....


Posted by Harry Bosch, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

No, they had a safe too. At only $200, I bet it made for a convenient storage device to carry away the rest of the stuff.


Posted by dknute, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

The 'thieves' probly haven't even been able to get the safe open yet, but now, at least they know the contents...


Posted by Tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

With all those high end items, they couldn't afford a safe that was to big to carry away. A wall safe, a safe set in concrete in the floor. This does seem suspicious.


Posted by Stan, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

I've always wanted to plan a robbery in RH. But a big one, like in the movies. We'd back up a realistic moving van to the garage and such. First we have to find out who has the most valuable jewelry, rare furniture, coins, etc. Art is too hard to sell. Does anyone know which residence would be a best candidate? Would have to be $300K plus in value.


Posted by Mellow Fellow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

Burglary is a terribly intrusive crime. It makes a person feel violated and unsafe. I only hope that this is not indicative of the times ahead. Note: In Albuquerque New Mexico, the police do not even investigate home burglaries there are so many. Now, that's scary. it only takes one burglar to inadvertently catch the homeowner at home, and then what?


Posted by 2nd Amendment, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

If anyone tries this at my place while I at home, I'll give these people an "Applied 2nd Amendment Appreciation Lesson."


Posted by Stephen, a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

After your house is rob it never feels the same again. I hope they catch the bugler or buglers.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Seems like I've read several crime reports here on the Pleasanton Weekly where robbers broke into a house and made off with loads of jewelry. When I look up the locations on the map, I find that the jewelry robberies are generally in fairly expensive neighborhoods (>$1M houses?), so maybe the thieves are targeting those houses. They certainly aren't going to find $70,000 worth of jewelry in my house. Maybe just something like $16.05 if they make off with my very young daughter's entire Disney Princess jewelry collection. I doubt that my neighbors have anything like $70,000 in jewelry laying around the house either.

So for any robbers out there: Don't waste your time with the Oak Hill neighborhood. Try your luck in somewhere like Ruby Hill instead.

To Ruby Hill homeowners: Lock up your tens of thousands of $$$ of jewelry in a vault or a bank safebox, you fools! Every successful robbery like this just encourages another.


Posted by SJ, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm

They needed a safe that was bolted to the ground, not a small $200 safe that obvioulsly can be carried out. This definately sounds like someone knew that they had valuable jewlery and it was a planned


Posted by SJ, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

They needed a safe that was bolted to the ground, not a small $200 safe that obviously can be carried out. This definitely sounds like someone knew that they had valuable jewelry and it was a planned


Posted by Stupid, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

They deserver to be robbed for not having all those items that cost so much not in a safe. Yeah, it said they took the safe but you would think if your that rich you would have a pretty freaking big safe. Plus an alarm system. This is Ruby Hills we are talking about.


Posted by John, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Response to Stupid - DESERVED to be robed? Wow. I think you self described yourself with your name.


Posted by Friendly Advice, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:36 am

"Maybe just something like $16.05 if they make off with my very young daughter's entire Disney Princess jewelry collection."

Sam, hate to be a killjoy, but you might want to rethink that Disney Princess jewelry collection. The lead content of the 'jewels' is not something you want around the house, let alone wrapped around your daughters wrist's. Question here of chemist's education not having expanded to study interaction between chemicals and humans? Not so tongue-in-cheek.


Posted by Freedom Seeking Anti-Unioner, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

Speaking for myself, I'd rather be murdered than have someone take any of my personal possessions. My possessions are my life. My possessions are my liberty. My possessions are my happiness. Take my life, take my wife, please. But don't take my possessions. Burglary is the worst crime in the world. That's why I'm opposed to union teachers.


Posted by anther thought, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:41 am

Has anyone considered that this "theft" might have been faked? After all, so many of the seemingly rich in Ruby Hill are really in default on their mortgages. Heads-up up insurance company, this one stinks like three day old fish.
If it is actually a theft then I have little sympathy. Ostentatious wealth along with the stupidity of not having a reasonable floor safe equals too stupid to live.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 23, 2011 at 9:00 am

"Has anyone considered that this "theft" might have been faked? After all, so many of the seemingly rich in Ruby Hill are really in default on their mortgages. Heads-up up insurance company, this one stinks like three day old fish."

Yeah, that crossed my mind, too. It does seem remarkable that there have been similar cases of robbers successfully making off with tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry at other houses in Pleasanton. Don't people keep such possessions securely locked up or at least well hidden? Don't people that wealthy have elaborate security systems that would alert the police or security company long before the robbers are able to find and get away with all that jewelry? Seems like these wealthy households are extremely careless about about their valuable possessions. Kind of suspicious.


Posted by hummm, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

Faked? Now that's a thought. So, a burglar sneaks past the guards guarding the gated community. He compromises all the security roaming the streets, as well as the people that live there. Then with mask on and tools in hand walks through the miles of houses (Still without being noticed), then sniffs out a house with plenty of jewelry, also sniffing that it's one of the houses that does not have a security system, and also sniffs out that's there is valuable jewelry, then also sniffs out that all the valuable jewelry is in a convenient carry-out case/storage container. You're right, this is one very, very, very crafty burglar. OR???? (insurance scam)


Posted by Leland, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I'm happy my good neighbors have figured out that the neighbors on my street who got robbed are either fools or criminals. You have no idea how upset we all are on our street. Losing 70,000 in jewels is like losing a child, or worse. The replacement value may be as high as 150,000. Can you not show a little bit of sympathy for what has happened to a valued property owner? There is no worse crime on this earth than stealing property from someone. Rape? Assault? Murder? Even with murder, the victim isn't around to feel so deprived after losing one's wealth to an entitlement group member. But to be burgled and forced to live with it? My good neighbors will no doubt be scarred for life. Who wants to lose that kind of money?


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Leland, if you are a Ruby Hill property owner, perhaps you can enlighten us as to why it is apparently not uncommon for owners to leave tens of thousands of dollars of jewelry unsecured or unhidden in their houses? I think that sympathy for robbery victims in this case is tempered by thoughts that much of these losses could have prevented if the owners had taken a bit more care to secure such valuable and easily pawned goods. Furthermore, successful robberies like this only encourage more robberies, so I think that there is also the sentiment that all Pleasanton residents are under increased risk of home robbery when preventable home robberies like this occur.

I have nothing but sympathy for home owners who are victims of unpreventable home robberies. But when a home robbery like this occurs in which it appears that the losses could have been greatly reduced if a bit more homeowner care had been taken, then I get a bit upset at the homeowner for putting is all at increased risk of home robbery.


Posted by JC, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I can understand the skepticism and cynicism. Knowing only the facts that have been presented in the article, here are my thoughts. I think the manned security entrance and being "inside the gates" gives some residents a false sense of security. That may be why they didn't bother with turning on the alarm. Also, my first thought was that this house was targeted - perhaps someone knew that the homeowners would be gone for that many days. Maybe the thieves didn't know in advance the magnitude of the valuables inside the house, and just ended up getting very lucky. Anyways, if this happened as reported, I feel really sad for the homeowners. Items can be replaced, but a violated peace of mind and sense of home cannot be so easily repaired.


Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 24, 2011 at 3:05 am

That's it. I'm putting my cubic zirconium in my Wells Fargo safe deposit box on Monday.


Posted by Leland, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 24, 2011 at 6:58 am

I personally tend to leave a lot of jewels laying around the house because it impresses the kind of people I bring to the house. They don't know the difference between a Ph.D. certificate up on the wall from Stanford vs. one from U of Alabama. But they do know the difference between a cubic zirconium and a Rolex. I'm always trying to impress them.

70,000 sounds about right. That's only a tiny fraction of my jewels, but it's what I use as maid- and yardworker- bait. I leave the jewels laying around to see if any of my workers fall to the temptation. When I catch them, I fire them and have them arrested. Doesn't everyone do this? I don't see how someone can run a household without the neighbor-impressing and nanny-trapping jewels being strewn about in an open manner.


Posted by Chris, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

Leland,
I am also a Ruby Hill resident (much less wealthier than you) and enjoy your humor. Whatever you do for a living, I hope you continue to be hugely successful, despite the Democrat's intent on spreading your wealth, mine, and everyone else who works (especially in the private sector) around.


Posted by Dan, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

My teens already have told me about the details of this robbery. What a joke.

Yes apparently it was a fake. The wife is planning on leaving the husband and is slowly collecting her money on the side before serving him papers. Unfortunately she hired amateurs to do the job, thus the word is out even to the male teen community. Now it is clear how this was done even with security and neighbors around.

Best of luck to her though.


Posted by Paul R, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

#1 Have Alarm system... but should it be fooled...
#2 We all are Excellent Tactical Shooters; with LE affiliations and TRAINING FAR BEYOND LE USUAL
#3 Own a backhoe,quiet dog and we don't call 911.... ( Ave response with 911 is 23 minutes!
When SECONDS COUNT the cops will be here in A FEW MINUTES!

In case you are confused with this post
A criminals best friend is the current so called
"Justice System" and a COP to make sure all his
Special needs and Rights as "The Societal Victim"
are fervently protected...
COPS TOO ARE SCREWED BY THIS SYSTEM
A criminal's worst nightmare it the ARMED Homeowner.

SOCIETY IS SAFER WHEN
CRIMINALS (and TYRANTS) DON'T KNOW WHO'S ARMED !!


Posted by Blossom, a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Jul 25, 2011 at 5:52 am

Yep, I'm with Paul R. Some wayward teen decides to sneak into my house to steal my earings, I'm going to blow him away. He doesn't deserve to live. What's more important? His life or my earrings? The Founding Mothers and Fathers in the Declaration of Amendments gave us the right to defend our earrings against the wicked fourteen year-olds in our neighborhood.

Why can't that fourteen year old learn how to work, or marry into inherited money like I did?


Posted by Leland, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 25, 2011 at 7:51 am

Let's be clear. My neighbors don't risk doing something illegal for a mere 70 grand when there are so many legal ways to get that much through exploiting others.

I've got it on good authority that the 70 grand was simply chump change that had been left out to trap a housekeeper. You poor suckers who think someone on Ruby Hill would risk jail time for a mere 70 grand payoff are seriously deluded.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

Well, I guess we've exhausted intelligent comments on this topic.


Posted by sally, a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

so many immature comments - unbelievable!


Posted by Alice, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I find it disturbing that so many people seem to be ok with another person being violated instead of being outraged that a crime was committed. The circumstances of a robbery are not for us to be speculating on. As for "Leland", I don't believe for a minute you live in Ruby HIll... your inflammatory statements are illogical and ridiculous.


Posted by Al B, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I am disturbed and embarrassed by calling the people making these comments my neighbors and my community. A crime against a person, whether they have $1 or $1,000,000 dollars, does not make it any less of a crime. Blaming the home owner is beyond ridiculous. How many times have you left the back door open, or your watch out, or the kids left their bikes in the front yard? Your home is your place of comfort; people get relaxed when they are comfortable, unfortunately that's when bad people take advantage of the situation.

$70,000 is more than 2 years worth of income for me but I do not blame the homeowners for the crime. I am not hateful and jealous because they have more than me and that is how most of these comments come off. What happened to compassion and caring for your fellow neighbor? I guess society is not as evolved in Pleasanton as it is portrayed to be.


Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I wish this rag would great publicizing high value robberies - whether it's $1000 in Valley Trails, or $75,000 in Ruby Hills - it's basically an advertisement for criminals that there's some rich folk in P*town with a lot o' bling-bling to steal. With the new BART station at Stoneridge Mall and these announcements; you would think this city is staging a marketing campaign to attract thieves from the East Bay. How about we start publishing which businesses use alarm systems and which don't and pass a city wide ammendment against firearm ownership while we're at it?


Posted by 2nd Amendment, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

If this Pleasanton community really wants to send a message to criminals, let's pass a law REQUIRING all residents to complete a firearm safety course and then REQUIRE them to possess a firearm.

The statistics are that armed communities have less crime.
Article >>> Web Link




Posted by crime is down, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm

"I wish this rag would great publicizing high value robberies - whether it's $1000 in Valley Trails, or $75,000 in Ruby Hills - it's basically an advertisement for criminals that there's some rich folk in P*town with a lot o' bling-bling to steal."

Promoting crime, even though crime is down, is the MO for all bay area police contract negotiations.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Happy Valley
on Jul 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

As a recently arrived Texan and first-generation millionaire, I've devoted my life to accumulating more wealth so as to enter a community like Ruby Hill. I don't really care about the Ruby Hill household that got robbed. Fact is I haven't had time to care about anything other than my own tax rates. They're terrible don't you know?


Posted by son to be ex-Ptown resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I think Leland just morphed into "Bob" - or is the Blossom?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

It seems to me that if it's not your jewelry that got ripped off, then it doesn't matter?

this is a waaaaaaaay coo-coo world, people need to laugh at another person's misfortune sometimes...I have some beads and a silver bracelet not worth much more that about $70.00.

I don't condone stealing from innocent others but that is how the cookie crumbles...unfortunately...life is not always fair...


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