An observant Pleasanton police officer who watched what she suspected was a drug deal arrested three people and may have prevented a burglary at the same time.
Officer Kristie Fountain watched people from two suspicious vehicles conduct what appeared to be a drug sale in the parking lot at Raley's Supermarket on Sunol Boulevard, according to a police report. Fountain approached and got permission to search one of the suspects, Christian Morrison Jeffcoat, 36, who turned out to have a large sum of cash in a pocket and a number of small glassine bags with a powdery residue, according to the report.
A search of the Jeffcoat's SUV turned up scales, more bags and a lock-picking kit, police said. Jeffcoat was charged with possession of a non-narcotic substance with intent to sell, possession of burglary tools, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Two others, the alleged buyers, were also arrested. Crystal Marie Brush, 26, was charged with possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, possession of hypodermic needle and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
The third person allegedly involved was inside Raley's while police were busy with Jeffcoat and Brush. The police report said Svend Trygue Melchior, 48, had what it described as an "internal debate," stopping and starting several times before deciding to act as a spectator, although Fountain had seen him involved in the alleged drug deal; he was arrested on charges of possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.
Resident turns robber
A Pleasanton man was charged with robbery after an incident at his home in the 3800 block of Promenade Way at about 4 p.m. Nov. 30.
A 65-year-old female insurance adjuster was visiting the home of Jeffrey Robert Harlan, taking pictures, according to a police report. Harlan became upset when the woman was in the back yard near a trampoline.
Harlan allegedly knocked the woman down and took her camera. He was arrested on charges of robbery, battery and misappropriation of property.