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Police log: Scammer bilks woman out of nearly $2,000

A con artist claiming to be the victim's grandson swindled a woman out of $1,900 last week, police reports said.

The man said he was calling from Colombia, South America, and, posing as the victim's grandson, said he'd been in an accident that had broken his nose, damaged a vehicle and sent a friend to the hospital. The woman, who lives in the 1000 block of Via di Salerno, wired the $1,900 in her grandson's name via Western Union. The incident took place between 10:20 a.m. June 7 and 2 p.m. June 8, but was reported June 9.

A wire transfer can be picked up anywhere with a code word arranged in advance between the sender and recipient. Police have been warning about a scam that targets the elderly with claims of relatives hospitalized or in emergency situations who need cash immediately.

In other police reports:

* No one was injured when a trash can was set on fire June 10 near Zorn's Restaurant in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road. Two witnesses reported a barely coherent homeless man told them of a fire in the parking lot. They were then told by juveniles that the man was near the can just before the fire started. The man was not identified.

* Three sets of tires were slashed overnight June 7. Three vehicles parked at Stoneridge Mall apartments in the 6200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road reported tires slashed, between 9:50 and 10:30 a.m. June 8. It's at least the fourth set of slashed tires in the last few months; several juveniles were arrested in one of the earlier cases.

* Brandon Troy Stanberry, 20, of Dublin was arrested at about 11 p.m. June 7 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Stanberry was taken into custody at 10:25 p.m. in the 3700 block of Hopyard Road after an officer recognized him at 7-Eleven. A search turned up six painkiller pills and $17 cash.

* Rebecca Kathleen Anderson, 44, of Pleasanton was arrested at 8:37 p.m. June 6 on a Pleasanton felony warrant in an elder abuse case involving the theft of about $491.

* Roxanna Kay Eberhard, 41, of Pleasanton arrested at about 3:45 a.m. June 7 for identity theft. Mail in another person's name was found on the passenger seat of her car after a traffic stop at the intersection of Black Avenue and Santa Rita Road at 3:03 a.m.

* Michael Robert Ornelas, 20, of Pleasanton was arrested June 12 in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road at about 3:49 p.m. for auto theft and petty theft. Police say he took a car that had been owned by his family, removed a $300 stereo and returned the car to where it was parked.

* A residential burglary took place in the 4400 block of Holland Drive, but it's unknown at this time exactly what was stolen. The door to the laundry room at the rear of the home was pried open, as was a walk-in closet of the bedroom of the home, which had been dead-bolted. A list is being compiled; the report was filed at 8:42 p.m. June 10.

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.

JUNE 5

Identity theft

- 1:25 a.m. in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Burglary

- 5:31 p.m. in the 5300 block of Sonoma Drive; burglary, petty theft

DUI

- 4:20 a.m. at the intersection of Northway Road and Valley Avenue

JUNE 6

Theft

- 9:20 a.m. in the 1600 block of Greenwood Road; identity theft

- 5:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; embezzlement

Battery

- 9:47 p.m. in the 200 block of Spring Street

Drug/alcohol violations

- 11:32 a.m. in the 2500 block of Hopyard Road; public drunkenness

- 9:40 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street; under the influence of a controlled substance

- 11:03 p.m. at the intersection of Muirwood Drive and Foothill Road; public drunkenness

- 11:24 p.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street; public drunkenness

JUNE 7

Identity theft

- 3:03 a.m. at the intersection of Black Avenue and Santa Rita Road

- 5:12 p.m. in the 8500 block of Lupine Street

Vandalism

- 7:54 a.m. in the 4300 block of Black Avenue

Prank calls

- 10:05 p.m. in the 3800 block of Brockton Drive

Drug/alcohol violations

- 1:13 a.m. in the 1800 block of Crestline Road; DUI

- 1:23 a.m. in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road; public drunkenness

- 1:55 a.m. in the 4300 block of First Street; DUI

- 10:25 p.m. in the 3700 block of Hopyard Road; possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell

JUNE 8

Vandalism

- 9:53 a.m. in the 6200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

- 10:21 a.m. in the 6200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

- 10:23 a.m. in the 6200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Drug/alcohol violations

- 12:31 a.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Road and W. Las Positas Boulevard; minor transporting alcohol

- 1:46 a.m. at the intersection of Francisco Street and Santa Rita Road; DUI

- 2:21 a.m. in the 4300 block of Black Avenue; underage drinking and driving

- 3:04 p.m. in the 6100 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard; public drunkenness

- 5:15 p.m. in the 2900 block of Hopyard Road; paraphernalia possession

- 6:01 p.m. at the intersection of Olive Drive and Columbine Drive; marijuana possession

JUNE 9

Grand theft

- 11:56 a.m. in the 1000 block of Via di Salerno

Auto burglary

- 9:02 a.m. in the 4400 block of Holland Drive

Battery

- 6:55 p.m. in the 6100 block of Homer Court

- 11:25 p.m. in the 3200 block of Bolla Court

Vandalism

- 6:56 a.m. in the 4800 block of Woodthrush Road

Alcohol violations

- 2:54 a.m. in the 3900 block of Valley Avenue; DUI

- 8:54 p.m. in the 4200 block of Valley Avenue; public drunkenness

JUNE 10

Arson

- 9:32 p.m. in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road

Theft

- 7:04 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Burglary

- 8:42 p.m. in the 4400 block of Holland Drive

Auto burglary

- 11:21 a.m. in the 4600 block of Mohr Avenue

Vandalism

- 10:37 a.m. in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue

JUNE 11

Theft

- 10:11 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Vandalism

- 8:14 a.m. in the 2300 block of Meadowlark Drive

Drug/alcohol violations

- 6:29 a.m. in the 4400 block of Valley Avenue; public drunkenness

- 1:05 p.m. at the intersection of Stoneridge Mall Road and Springdale Drive; DUI

- 2:49 p.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road; public drunkenness

- 4:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia possession, petty theft

- 7:58 p.m. at the intersection of St. Mary Street and Peters Avenue; public drunkenness

- 11:05 p.m. at the intersection of Greenwood Road and Raven Road; DUI

JUNE 12

Theft

- 12:12 p.m. in the 2600 block of Curry Street; identity theft

- 3:44 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; auto theft, petty theft

- 3:22 p.m. in the 1000 block of Zinfandel Court; grand theft

- 4:11 p.m. in the 4400 block of Rosewood Drive; identity theft

Drug violations

- 7:25 a.m. in the 7700 block of Driftwood Lane; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

Comments

Posted by unknown, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

What is wrong with todays society!!!! Crime gets worse daily and it doesn't really have anything to do with bart(ok maybe a little). To many people out of work so they have to steal from other people. VERY WRONG!!!! I'm out of work and I don't steal from people.


Posted by Truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

What funny is Pleasanton citizens think outside forces come here and commit crime when in fact most is committed by Ptown citizens. What we need a bigger Police force. Where is Nelson Fialo on this issue? As the city manager the buck stops with him...step up Nelson ! One less park, art gallery or human resource assistant and more cops!


Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Truth, lets see some statistics from a reputable source to back up your claim about crime in OUR town. Where is it you said you commute in from? Glad BART is running again? fosho


Posted by Steven , a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Another crime committed by a Columbian illegal. And now Obama the great one wants to go against Congress and let these crooks stay in the county. Watch. ACORN will sign them all up on the registration polls, and the tirant Obama will tell Holder to look the other way as the Columbian car-tell prays upon Ptown citizens.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Siena
on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

Steven---Unfortunately, you are correct. We must fight this tyrant and do everything we can to make sure he does not get reelected. (How anyone can vote for him a second time is beyond my comprehension).


Posted by Jim, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

It's about time great citizens like Steven and Joe begin speaking out against the tyranny of the Obama administration. I don't know which is worse, his accepting Columbian children into this country or the imposition of his heinous tax on tanning salons.


Posted by truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Although I agree with Steve concerning the un-checked idiot running this nation, I wonder when he will wake up to the micro community we live in? Not every crime is committed by the big bad black man living over the hill who rides BART here to torment you Steve. Stop low crawling around your house long enough to learn a little something new..perhaps a ride a long with PPD would educate you enough to widen your perspective...on second thought I would not want to do that to one of our heroes...I could not imagine being a cop trapped inside a patrol car with you.


Posted by Tango , a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

I had the same thing happen to me a while back. Someone called to say he was my grand son and that he was in Mexico. I asked how in the #@*& did he get to mexico. The story was almost the same as this ladys. Little did they know that I would not give my oldest grand son a penny in money and told him(?) that he have to figure it out how to get home to Oregon on his own and to get a job. Of course I figured out it wasn't my grand son, but called his father and confirmed that he was still in Oregon. These people are very skilled.


Posted by not that skilled, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

"These people are very skilled"
Not really. Some people are just easily fooled. How easy would it be to confirm that the person is not your grandson. Ask him to describe you, name his cousins, give his mother's or father's birthday or tell about the last time you spent time together. No phone scammer will have enough personal information to get anything if you just think.
Older people can get confused. But if the Kenyan email scams didn't work they would stop. Just get a brain before you open your wallet.


Posted by Carl, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:57 am

What Pleasanton does not need are more cops with nothing better to do than harass Kids.


Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

Why is the flood of illegal immigrants being permitted to continue? It is swelling and swelling, and we don't have the tax dollars to pay for their scraped knees and bloodied noses. The idiot in the White House, the worst president in American history, bar none, has now decided to let them into the country and share the same public tax-financed swimming pools that my kids swim in. When are we going to reclaim all that was great with this original American nation of ours? Answer my question!


Posted by Patriot, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Arnold,

I'll be happy to answer. You have it wrong. There is no "flood of illegal immigrants" that is "swelling and swelling". In fact illegal immigration has been declining for some time. You might want to check your facts before you rant.

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Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

To all those who take issue with my comments I apologize. I am an uneducated man who only watches CNN and other liberal media sources. I have made my money in the private sector and have nothing to do with the public sector. I have done nothing to contribute to the community of Pleasanton but I am very critical of those who do. I now know I have been wrong and one sided in my views. I never speak of the city manager who truly controls all that transpires in this city..rather..it has been easier for me to voice my opposition towards the police and other heroes in our community. So to all those people I have offended..I have turned over a new leaf.


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