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Police log: Cars ransacked in Val Vista neighborhood

More than 11 unlocked vehicles in the Val Vista neighborhood were reported searched by a thief or thieves between 8:45 p.m. Sunday and 9:20 a.m. Monday.

Six vehicles on Garner Court were hit, along with three on Robin Court, one on Grand Canyon Court and one on Addison Way. Although nothing major was stolen, miscellaneous items including change were taken or moved. Eleven people filed reports, although others were hit, with owners of those vehicles declining to file police reports. Extra patrols have been requested in the area. Police do not believe the case is linked to the tires slashed in another neighborhood.

In other police reports:

* What would have been a shoplifting arrest was elevated to armed robbery when the suspect pulled a knife on two Sears security guards. Justin Mitchell, 30 of Union City was arrested around 8:58 p.m. April 7 for robbery and attempting to flee from police.

* Two men face multiple charges in the attempted theft of three cell phones worth $500 in total from Walmart.

Christopher Allen Gaustad, 50, of Castro Valley and Christopher Wayne Branaugh, 25, a transient, were arrested for conspiracy, felony shoplifting and possession of burglary tools. The two used a magnetic key to unlock security devices holding the phones; store security spotted the two and watched as they walked out. The pair was arrested April 7 at 5:33 p.m.

* Anisha Joyce Ragland, 19, of Oakland was arrested for burglary at JC Penny in the Stoneridge Mall in the theft of $57 worth of makeup. Ragland was taken into custody at about 6:35 p.m. April 9.

* Jeffery Allen Larkin, 37, a transient, was arrested 5:26 p.m. April 9 after the theft of a bicycle in the 550 block of Peters Avenue. Larken was taken into custody near the intersection of Hopyard Road and Golden Road and arrested for possession of stolen property. Another bike theft was reported at about 4:43 p.m. April 9 in the 4500 block of Augustine Street; police have a suspect who is not being named.

* A driver asleep in a parking lot was arrested early April 5 for identity theft and possession of false documents. Police got a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot in the 5100 block of Johnson Drive and arrested Kirshaunda Monique Savage, 24, of Merced, at around 3:10 a.m.

* A burglar at a home in the 1500 block of Rubino Court dropped a $400 set of golf clubs but got away with a $20 iPhone charger in an April 10 incident reported at 3:54 a.m. Police and a K9 unit were called to the scene and found the golf clubs not far from the break in, but no one was arrested. Entry was gained through an unlocked garage door.

Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

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

APRIL 4

Theft

- 12:03 a.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road, identity theft

- 12:38 a.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; identity theft

- 6:56 a.m. in the 7600 block of Glenbrook Court; auto theft

- 11:59 a.m. in the 600 block of Abbie Street; grand theft

- 12:01 p.m. in the 4400 block of Muirwood Drive

- 12:03 p.m. in the 1100 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft

- 11:35 p.m. in the 4700 block of Willow Road; grand theft

Battery

- 1:23 p.m. in the 5500 block of Springhouse Drive

Vandalism

- 6:35 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Meadowlark Drive

-6:36 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Tawny Drive

- 7:58 a.m. in the 5200 block of Forest Hill Drive

Drug/alcohol violations

- 1:41 a.m. at the intersection of Pimlico Drive and Thistle Way; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance

- 9:51 p.m. in the 1100 block of Vineyard Avenue; DUI

APRIL 5

Theft

- 3:10 a.m. in the 5100 block of Johnson Drive; identity theft, possession of false documents

- 7:09 a.m. in the 5500 block of Paseo Navarro

Auto tampering

- 7:14 a.m. in the 1600 block of Paseo del Cajon

- 8:27 a.m. in the 5500 block of Paseo Navarro

Vandalism

- 10:05 a.m. at Inspiration Terrace

- 6:55 p.m. in the 400 block of Amaral Circle

DUI

- 12:35 a.m. in the 5500 block of Springhouse Drive

- 3:04 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue

APRIL 6

Identity theft

- 12:06 p.m. in the 6200 block of Hansen Drive

- 3:59 p.m. in the 3200 block of Chablis Court

Vandalism

- 8:39 a.m. in the 4900 block of Hopyard Road

- 6:15 p.m. in the 5000 block of Woodthrush Road

Alcohol violations

- 1:17 a.m. in the 5800 block of Valley Avenue; DUI

- 10:51 p.m. in the 3500 block of Touriga Drive; public drunkenness

APRIL 7

Robbery

- 8:58 p.m. in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; robbery, flight from police pursuit

Theft

- 12:17 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

- 4:56 p.m. in the 4800 block of Hopyard Road

- 5:33 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; conspiracy, felony shoplifting and possession of burglary tools

Burglary

- 1:27 p.m. in the 11900 block of Dublin Canyon Road

Weapons possession

- 3:05 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; carrying a concealed knife

Drug violations

- 1:05 a.m. in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road; possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

- 2:25 a.m. in the 4200 block of Valley Avenue; paraphernalia possession, carrying a concealed knife

- 2:27 p.m. in the 3200 block of Stanley Boulevard; marijuana possession

- 6:59 p.m. in the 4100 block of Vineyard Avenue; marijuana possession, possession of tobacco by a minor

- 11:54 p.m. in the 6700 block of Santa Rita Road; DUI

- 11:56 p.m. in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road; paraphernalia possession

APRIL 8

Theft

- 1:09 a.m. in the 3100 block of Hopyard Road; possession of false documents, under the influence of a controlled substance

- 3:25 p.m. in the 11900 block of Dublin Canyon Road

Vandalism

- 3:44 p.m. in the 6300 block of Stoneridge Mall road

Drug/alcohol violations

- 12:54 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and St. Mary Street; DUI

- 2:25 a.m. in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road; public drunkenness

- 11:13 p.m. in the 3200 block of Lagoon Road; controlled substance possession

APRIL 9

Robbery

- 7:14 p.m. in the 3100 block of Santa Rita Road

Theft

- 10:23 a.m. in the 6100 block of Crater Lake Court

- 1:23 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

- 2:44 p.m. in the 7000 block of Koll Center Parkway; identity theft

- 4:43 p.m. in the 4500 block of Augustine Street; possession of stolen property

- 3:53 p.m. in the 3900 block of Mt. Ranier Court

- 5:26 p.m. in the 550 block of Peters Avenue; possession of stolen property

- 5:46 p.m. in the 6900 block of Lassen Street

- 7:58 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Burglary

- 5:14 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Vehicle tampering

- 5:54 p.m. in the 3400 block of Isle Royal Court

Vandalism

- 2:48 p.m. in the first block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Drug violation

- 11:55 p.m. in the 5300 block of Owens Court; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

APRIL 10

Theft

- 5:14 p.m. in the 6800 block of Corte Nuevo; identity theft

Burglary

- 3:54 a.m. in the 1500 block of Rubino Court

Vandalism

- 2:59 p.m. in the 4500 block of Lin Gate Street

Alcohol violation

- 12:36 a.m. at the intersection of Stanley Boulevard and Isabel Avenue; minor transporting alcohol

Comments

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Posted by Who
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Well at least the new Bart station isn't making a big impact on the crimes. Phew!


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Posted by None of the Above
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

@Who

Seriously? I'd blame young people from here first.


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Posted by Judith
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

It sounds like it might be an inside job. Lawn crew or housekeeper maybe? It's usually the help.


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Posted by Who
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

@none of the above
I was referring to the 30yo from union city, 50yo from Castro valley, 19yo from Oakland etc etc etc...


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

@ Judith, that makes no sense. How do you figure a theft from an unlocked vehicle is the landscapers or a housekeeper? Based on the time it happens and because it is from unlocked cars, that is the last thing I would think. Its likely some thieves looking for something easy to steal. Probably some younger folks or people coming into the city to victimize us.

Lock your cars and houses!!! This is 2012 and just because this is Pleasanton, it does NOT mean we are exempt from crime. A lot of this could be avoided if people got out of that mindsight. Leaving your house or car unlocked is plain stupid. You are practically asking to become a victim!


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Posted by Judith
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

It's just a feeling I get whenever I'm around them. I've caught them a lot of times looking into my car to see whether I've locked it or not. Guess that just comes with their occupation. Once they've scoped out two or three cars, then they can do a sweep right down the block. The new BART station gives them an easy getaway.


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Posted by Vineyards
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

Lock your cars...what are you thinking? Oh how sheltered and safe you think you are.


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Posted by BillHilly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

Lots of transients and "diversity" coming from out of town. Ain't "diversity" grand? Can't wait for the low-income housing to come.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

This isn't rocket science and it it's the 70s in Pleasanton anymore. It's a CITY. Lock your doors. Stop parking across the street from your house like people do in my neighborhood. Pay attention. Be realistic - it's more than likely a bored kid looking for easy money and a thrill. And don't blame "the help." Where's your head? Stuck in another decade? Comments like that make you look like an elitist snob and it's why people assuming Pleasanton residents are snotty jerks when the majority of us really aren't that way.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Here's an. Idea....park your cars in your garage. That's what it's for, not a storage locker or a unit for your in laws. Those of us that use our garages for its intended purpose don't have to worry about this 'problem'


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Posted by Judith
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I've got a better idea. If they want to get you, they will. I leave my house doors unlocked so that I don't have to face broken windows and busted down doors. And I never park in the garage because they're more likely to burn your garage down. They envy us our freedom and will stop at nothing to take us down to their level.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Has anyone noticed the strange massage parlors on First Street? They clearly are NOT a normal massage parlor and only have men coming and going late at night.


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