Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - December 20, 2013

Police Bulletin

Christmas criminals busted at mall

Five people were arrested on shoplifting and related charges in recent days at Stoneridge Shopping Center, according to police reports.

Lashawna Labell Thomas, 26, of San Francisco was arrested at about 6:16 p.m. Dec. 12 for felony shoplifting and possession of burglary tools. Thomas was nabbed in the 1100 block of Stoneridge Mall Road with 31 bottles of Fierce perfume valued at $1,674 from Abercrombie & Fitch and a lined shopping bag used to conceal the stolen goods.

Nicholas Justin Tiller, 24, of San Francisco was arrested at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 13 felony shoplifting and possession of burglary tools in the theft of a backpack and hoodie worth a total of $144 from Macy's Men's.

Ivan Blanco, 25, of Tracy was arrested at about 10:45 p.m. Dec. 14 on misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property at Macy's Men's in the theft of sunglasses worth $255. Blanco also had property stolen elsewhere: two sets of sunglasses worth a total of $420 and a watch worth $165.

Edwin Aroldo Santay Cox, 24, of Oakland was arrested at about 11:29 p.m. Dec. 14 for felony shoplifting and possession of burglary tools. Santay Cox was caught with clothing worth $639 taken from Macy's Men's and a set of pliers.

Norma Leony Portilla, 41, of Van Nuys was arrested at about 7:15 p.m. Dec. 16 for felony shoplifting and misdemeanor counts of possession of burglary tools and giving false identification to police. Portilla had 20 bottles of Fierce perfume worth $1,080 from Abercrombie & Fitch and a booster bag, used to hide stolen goods.

Other recent incidents around the mall included the embezzlement of two cell phones worth $400 apiece from the Smart Body Institute in the 5800 block of Stoneridge Mall Road, reported at 3:05 p.m. Dec. 13, and a Dec. 16 smash-and-grab auto burglary in the parking lot in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road that netted a $1,200 laptop, a $120 camera and two headphones worth a total of $60, reported at 3:24 p.m.

In other police reports:

* Miao Wang, 34, of Pleasanton was arrested for prostitution, a misdemeanor, at JC Day Spa at about 9:16 p.m. Dec. 11. A complaint about the massage parlor led to an undercover officer being sent to the establishment.

* Geraldine Ramos Pomarejos, 18, of Pleasanton was arrested at about 9:01 a.m. Dec. 16 for possession of weapons on school grounds. Pomarejos was caught at Foothill High School with six folding knives and a six-inch, fixed-blade hunting knife.

* Matthew Jacobie Cotton, 22, of Pleasanton was arrested on Dec. 11 on a host of felony charges after an investigation that began in May.

Cotton, who was hired as a caregiver for a 76-year-old man at a Pleasanton mobile home park, was arrested at about 1:03 p.m. on felony counts of forgery, access card theft, identity theft, elderly fraud and burglary.

* Michael Robert Ornelas 21, of Pleasanton was arrested at about 2:33 p.m Dec. 11 for felony charges of false imprisonment, criminal threats and assault.

* Leo Carlos Omar, 32, a transient, was arrested on three misdemeanor warrants and giving a false identity to police after a prowling call at 7:09 a.m. Dec. 11 in the 4800 block of Hopyard Road.

* Two juveniles were arrested for felony burglary at about 7:05 p.m. Dec. 14 in the 6100 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard. The two, ages 15 and 16, were caught stealing alcohol worth $117 from Lucky supermarket.

* Three people reported being victims of identity-theft crimes in recent days.

A resident of the 400 block of Division Street reported that two fraudulent checks -- one for $1,290 and another for $1,099 -- were cashed. She reported the theft at about 12:17 p.m. Dec. 11.

A resident of the 3300 block of Sorrel Downs Court reported at about 9:23 a.m. Dec. 10 that someone used her credit card for an online purchase from the Home Shopping Network and three in-person charges in San Jose. The online purchase was denied, but three charges for $1,302, $412, and $136 were approved.

A resident of the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive told police that someone used his identification to make numerous inquiries into his credit at several stores and made four purchases at Kohl's -- two here and two in Hayward -- for a total of $1,000.32. The fraud was reported at about 2:52 p.m. Dec. 15.

* Computer equipment and other items were stolen in a burglary reported at about 5:54 p.m. Dec. 13 at a home in the 7700 block of Canyon Meadows Circle. Among the items taken were a $1,200 laptop, a $1,000 portable hard drive, $700 in radio controlled car parts and tools. It's unknown how entry was made.

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

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