Two busted in daytime burglaries

Homeowner video used to trace car used in heists

Surveillance video taken at a March 26 daytime burglary in the 8000 block of Regency Drive has led to the arrest of a two males from Tracy.

Detectives from Pleasanton and Livermore served search warrants on the homes of Andrea Pina, 22, and a 17-year-old early Thursday morning with help from their counterparts in Tracy. Evidence linking the pair to a string of burglaries here and in Livermore was recovered, and a Pleasanton police news release says the investigation is continuing in order to determine the extent of crimes committed by the two.

"This investigation was successful due to the clear, high-definition video system that captured video of the suspect vehicle and the suspects leaving the scene of the crime," the release stated.

The video was provided by the would-be victim, who was at his home on Regency Drive at about 11:35 a.m., when he heard his doorbell ring. The man opted not to answer the door. Moments later, he spotted a man trying to enter the home by forcing open a sliding window on the side yard.

The would-be burglar fled to the street and into an awaiting black, four-door sedan with two occupants; the car vehicle sped out of the Laguna Oaks development toward Foothill Road.

While police were headed to the scene, a driver turning onto Stoneridge Drive from Foothill Road saw the occupants of a black sedan throwing several items out of their car. The driver lost sight of the car near Interstate 680 but drove to the Pleasanton Police Department to report what she had seen.

Officers who recovered the discarded property on Stoneridge Drive found miscellaneous items showing an address in the 800 block of Hopkins Way. When police went to that residence, they discovered the home had been broken into and ransacked.

The video from the attempted break-in was turned over to police and led to the suspect vehicle, a black Cadillac Deville, was located in the city of Tracy, which led in turn, to the identification of the pair of burglars.

The Livermore Police Department was conducting its own investigation regarding residential burglaries there, and Pina was identified as a suspect in their burglaries as well.

The Pleasanton and Livermore police departments developed information that both, Pina and the juvenile had been working together and had committed residential burglaries in both cities

Pina was booked at Santa Rita Jail for burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony. The juvenile suspect was booked at Alameda County Juvenile Hall for one count of burglary.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.


Posted by Kathleen, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Apr 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

No doubt they were union thugs trying to wear down the holy resistance of our staunch patriotic community. Shame!

Posted by Steven, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Pleasanton hasn't seen anything yet. Wait til the low income housing goes in. Oakland anyone?

Posted by None of the Above, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

@ Steve,

It's affordable housing and the threshold is about $30 k. That means some of the people like store managers, etc. who WORK here can actually afford to LIVE here.

Posted by Steven, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Store managers are paid $30k? Probably union. That's why this country is going to hell in an hand basket. No store manager is worth even half that. I don't like the idea of workers living where I live. Brings down the neighborhood.

Posted by Marie, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

None of the Above - You speak the truth. Affordable housing isn't ab bad thing. Ignore Steven. He has "internet troll" written all over his ridiculous posts.

Posted by law and order, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thanks Obama - NOT! BART to Pleasanton what a great idea. NOT!

Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

law and order -- I'm pretty sure BART doesn't go to Tracy or let you bring your Cadillac on-board. But thanks for your feedback.

Posted by Michel, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Apr 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Glad the lowlife dirtbags were caught. Robbery is probably easier than picking strawberries for these dirtbags, but prison time will help teach them some new skills....ha!

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Good cooperation between the public and the police.

A well-equipped resident supplied evidence that authorities were able to translate into an arrest applying standard procedures.

Not glamorous, but effective.

Good guys 1
Bad guys 0


Posted by Peter Malloy, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Excellent work PPD! Keep up the great work!

Posted by steven, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Yeah, how many days did it take the catch them? And who had to tell them what make of car it was. Instead of living high off the hog on union pay at my expense they should be doing they're job.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Good job Pleasanton Police! Hope word gets around that Pleasanton is a place to avoid for people wanting to commit burglaries.

Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2012 at 4:57 am

Steven, are you serious? Like the police really didn't know that was a cadillac? Why on earth are you complaining it took them about a week to make the arrest? I'm sure it was not something they could just go knock on the door and arrest them for. There had to be many hours involved and a lot of investigation. You are thankless and naive, bottom line they did their job and the suspects got caught.

Posted by chris, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

I think it's a great job that these people got caught! Well done to all involved!

Posted by steven, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

"There had to be many hours involved and a lot of investigation." Yeah, and my dollars against your donuts that most of it was in overtime to these overpaid prima donas. Don't even think about criticizing them becuase they'll go crying to their union. We need a privatized police force. Not one that milks taxpayers for inflated overtime records. The police chief is making more than most computer scientists. Which is a crime.

Posted by law and order, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm


That's the way we did it in the old days and we got along just fine. I say fire'm and privatize it.

Posted by Lonnie, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Apr 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I'm with you about getting rid of the police chief for starters. Tax payers are'nt supposed to be about making their public servents rich. How many extra parking tickets do they have to give out to make up for his quarter mill a year?

Posted by Silly, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Privatize it? You gotta be kidding. That is the dumbest thing I have heard on here in a long time.

Posted by Sumati, a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I am completely stunned that we have people complaining about the PPD and asking for privatization due to a successful completion of a burglary case.. I don't know what would have satisfied the complainers... its one thing to have rational discourse and discussion but to have a rant about unions and pay based solely on conjecture and hyperbole doesn't do anything but force people to instantly dismiss the writer.

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