Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 27, 2013

Police release sketch of home burglar

Suspected in other city break-ins

by Glenn Wohltmann

Pleasanton police now have a sketch of a suspect in a Dec. 3 residential burglary.

The burglary was at the Civic Square apartment complex on Bernal Avenue. The victim arrived home just after noon and was confronted by the male suspect inside the apartment, according to police.

"The suspect placed his right hand under his jacket and indicated he was in possession of a handgun. The suspect stated, 'Don't call anyone or I'll kill you,'" said Crime Prevention Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker. "The suspect then ran out of the apartment. Stolen from the residence was cash and jewelry. The victim was not injured during the incident."

The suspect is described as a white male, 35-40 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a thin build, brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, light color eyes, and a thin mustache and goatee. His voice was described as "smokey."

He was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Police suspect the same man might be responsible for four other burglaries at Civic Square Apartments, all with the same method and all between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with similar items -- cash and jewelry -- stolen, and several similar burglaries at other Pleasanton apartment complexes.

The police department's Crime Prevention Unit is currently working to educate Civic Square apartment residents on how to reduce the risk of becoming a burglary victim.

Anyone with information about the possible identity of the suspect or who would like crime prevention tips regarding residential burglaries, is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

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