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Police log: Thousands in jewelry taken in Ruby Hill burglary

A burglary in the 3400 block of Torlano Court in Ruby Hill yielded three necklaces worth $1,000 apiece, two pair of earrings worth $500 each, and a beaded purse worth $100, a police report said.

The theft took place between 7 a.m. Sept. 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 5, according to the report, which said a bedroom window had been left unlocked.

In other police reports:

An Aug. 30 burglary in the 4500 block of Muirwood Drive netted a 32-inch LCD TV worth $599. The burglary occurred between 7 a.m. and 6:10 p.m.; a sliding glass door at the home had been left unlocked.

A home burglary on Aug. 29 in the 3600 block of Annis Court yielded a brand new LCD TV worth $700, a DVD player worth $100, miscellaneous DVDs and a matching earring and necklace set worth $75. The burglary took place between 9:30 and 10 a.m.; a front door had been left unlocked.

Last week the Pleasanton Police Department listed the following information in its log of incident reports.

AUG. 29

Theft

- 6:18 a.m. in the 7400 block of Maywood Drive; grand theft

Burglary

- 4:21 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road, burglary, shoplifting

AUG. 30

Theft

- 8:48 a.m. in the 7400 block of Hillview Court; petty theft

- 10:17 a.m. in the 4000 block of Alderwood Court; petty theft

- 12:38 p.m. in the 5700 block of Valley Avenue; petty theft

- 3:31 p.m. in the 4700 block of Willow Road; petty theft

- 7:59 p.m. in the 2200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft

Burglary

- 3:46 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive

- 5:02 p.m. in the 3600 block of Annis Circle

- 6:49 p.m. in the 4500 block of Muirwood Drive

Battery

9:59 p.m. in the 3700 block of Vineyard Avenue

Vandalism

- 8:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Sunny Brook Way

AUG. 31

Theft

- 9:33 a.m. in the 6600 block of Amber Lane; petty theft

- 9:56 a.m. in the 1800 block of Brooktree Way; identity theft

- 10:03 a.m. in the 1500 block of Poppybank Court; auto theft

- 11:34 a.m. in the 1100block of Stoneridge Mall Road; embezzlement

- 1:37 p.m. in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft

Vandalism

- 1:46 p.m. at the intersection of W. Las Positas Boulevard and Payne Road

Drug violations

- 12:43 p.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita road; marijuana possession

- 3:33 p.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Del Valle Parkway; possession of a hypodermic needle, paraphernalia possession

- 7:42 p.m. in the 3000 block of Chardonnay Drive; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession, possession of stolen property

- 9:14 p.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive; under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle

SEPT. 1

Petty theft

- 11:42 a.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

- 10:40 p.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street

Drug/alcohol violations

- 7:02 p.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Vineyard Avenue; possession of a prescription in another name, marijuana possession, paraphernalia possession

- 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue; DUI

SEPT. 2

Theft

- 10:53 a.m. in the 5400 block of Sunol Boulevard; grand theft

- 11:40 a.m. in the 2400 block of Stoneridge Mall road; petty theft

- 7:27 p.m. in the 5100 block of Willowview Court; theft

- 9:46 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; petty theft

Drug/alcohol violations

- 12:01 a.m. in the 5700 block of Johnson Drive; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

- 1:48 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and I-680; DUI

- 2:38 a.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive; public drunkenness

- 9:41 p.m. in the 6600 block of Koll Center Parkway; DUI

- 10:28 p.m. at the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Regalia Court; bicycling while intoxicated

- 11:07 p.m. in the 600 block of Main Street; public drunkenness

SEPT. 3

Robbery

- 6:55 p.m. in the 5500 block of Springdale Avenue; robbery, theft

Theft

- 9:05 p.m. in the 3900 block of Vineyard Avenue; identity theft

Vandalism

- 10:55 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive

Drug/alcohol violations

- 1:26 a.m. in the 600 block of Main Street; DUI

- 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Greenwood Road; DUI

- 5:32 a.m. in the 7800 block of Oak Creek Drive; public drunkenness

SEPT. 4

DUI

- 1:08 a.m. in the 1000 block of Serpentine Lane

- 8:42 p.m. in the 300 block of Ray Street

SEPT. 5

Theft

- 11:05 a.m. in the 3000 block of Badger Drive; grand theft

- 12:03 p.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive; auto theft

- 6:04 p.m. in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft

Disturbing the peace

- 8:46 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Division Street

Public drunkenness

- 12:45 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Division Street

- 12:59 a.m. in the 500 block of Main Street

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Posted by resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

I swear the way you word your burglary reports especially the recent stories of thefts in Ruby Hills sounds like a sale at Macy's or something. " The theft yieled three necklaces worth a thousand a piece". Why don't you just say "Come on out to Ruby Hills and see how much you can yeild from robbing one of these beautiful homes today!"


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

I'm a bit surprised to read about all of the robberies in the Ruby Hill area which resulted in rich hauls of expensive jewelry. And, yes, news like this successful haul tends to get around to other robbers, who will in turn also target the Ruby Hills area. For their own sakes, Ruby Hill homeowners need to get their act together and start doing a better job of securing their valuables, especially jewelry. Thieves love jewelry - it's very easy to carry and very easy to sell or pawn.


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Posted by Leland
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

I've got a dozen security cameras and at least 4 firearms in every room of my house. If anyone dares to gain entry, innocent or not, I'll give him a dose of Rick Perry justice. No one gets near MY jewels. Bring back the death penalty!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

are most of the thieves legal or illegal US residents?

is it legal to shoot to kill somebody who is caught stealing from your home?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

"is it legal to shoot to kill somebody who is caught stealing from your home?"

I'm pretty sure that it isn't. However, killing in self-defence is legally justified. If a homeowner were to find a burglar in his house and claimed that he shot the burglar because he believed that the burglar had a weapon and/or intended to cause physical harm to his family, I wouldn't second guess the homeowner and I don't think that any jury would either.


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Posted by Rick Perry
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I don't care whether it's an armed intruder or teenagers taking one of my kid's 100+ racing bikes. They're going to regret coming onto my property. And if the culprit happens to be innocent, well I'll still sleep well at night.


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Posted by PW Reader
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

This rash of burglaries reinforces that we're not a small town anymore--LOCK your bedroom windows, sliding doors and front doors! It doesn't matter where in town you live, LOCK up!

Burglar alarms and dogs help keep burglars away, but as you can see, the simple thing to do is LOCK YOUR DOORS and WINDOWS when you leave the house or go to bed at night.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

PW Reader said: "This rash of burglaries reinforces that we're not a small town anymore--LOCK your bedroom windows, sliding doors and front doors! It doesn't matter where in town you live, LOCK up"

No, there is not a big "rash of burglaries" in overall Pleasanton. I read the weekly police reports posted here on the Pleasanton Weekly, and overall burglaries are fairly low, maybe just 1 to 3 per week in all of Pleasanton which is pretty small considering the size of our town. But Ruby Hill in particular does seem to have a burglary problem, and the solution is not just locking windows and doors. Locked windows and doors are not going to deter a burglar if he suspects that there are unsecured $1000 necklaces sitting around waiting to be taken in a house. The solution is hiding or locking away those $1000 necklaces in safe deposit boxes or secure safes.



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Posted by shellanswerman
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Cholo: it's legal if they are not.


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Posted by John
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Any scum bag in your house that is FACING you is a "threat", shot them! If you shoot "them" in the back, turn them over and shot them through the same hole from the front. But that is iffy because today's scientific study can show inconsistent wounds. Never just threaten with your firearm, it will be taken from you and YOU will be shot, most homeowners are shot with their own gun because they don't have the guts to shoot until it is too late. Take some firearms self defense classes.Now lets see, in over stuffed hills, our stocks have gone way down, rip off job doesn't look so good, need cash, all this stuff is insured isn't it?? Oh and if it does really happen, better be looking at neighbor teens,usually inside job!


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Posted by dublinteddy
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

@" most homeowners are shot with their own gun because they don't have the guts to shoot until it is too late."

Now there's some real facts and logic for ya!

It's all a scam. All these Rooby Hill types are doing what they do best -- scamming the system. They saw one neighbor get away with it, and now they're all doing it. Gotta hand it to 'em though, they're richer than I am!


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Posted by money madness
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hummmm... gated community... security all around ... sounds like an inside job.


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Posted by joanna
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

Isn't Ruby Hills a gated community? How else would the robbers gain entry into the neighborhood? You have to check in at the gate and have permission from homeowners to come in. I'd suspect one of the homeowners' kids with a drug problem--oh no, none of our kids do drugs!


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Posted by Frizzy
a resident of Happy Valley
on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

My kids told me there's a network of Ruby Hill home owners who are into a new kind of game. Potlatch Jewelry. I give you the key to my home so you can come in and steal my jewelry; you then give me your key and I get to steal yours. Everybody comes out ahead, except the insurance companies.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Sam is spot on: safe deposit box or secured safe.

Any thief worth his salt will be just as good at finding hiding places as hackers are at figuring out passwords.

My personal policy is to only keep things in the house that I can afford to lose.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Anyone can ride into Ruby Hills on a bike and go around the gates. Nice try though, all you inside job conspiracy nuts.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I agree that gates pose no major challenge to the motivated thief, but the police would be remiss not to consider insurance fraud.

Mike


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Posted by Irene
a resident of Ironwood
on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Sometimes people just lose things. I lost a favorite cat's eye marble once. I never blamed my brother for stealing it, even when it turned up in his collection. The important thing is that we all get along with one another. God bless.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm

hmmmmmmmmm...something is starting to sound very very FRIZZIE to me...what could it be?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2011 at 12:49 am

He's climbin' in yo' windows snatchin' yo' people up so hide your kids, hide your wife , hide your kids....so you can run an' tell that...homeboy


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