Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - June 6, 2014

Police Bulletin

Telephone scam asking for MoneyGrams

by Amanda Aguilar

Pleasanton police are warning the community about a recent telephone scam asking victims to transfer funds via MoneyGrams.

The police department has received several reports about people receiving a phone call from a person claiming to be "Deputy Charles White with the Sheriff's Department."

"Deputy White" tells would-be victims that there is a warrant out for their arrest due to a "no show" to jury duty. In order to avoid arrest, a MoneyGram type of money transfer is needed to pay the fine.

The "deputy" often gives a fake badge number and a local number to call back as part of the scheme, similar to the IRS scam seen earlier this year.

A California courts page warns residents, "Be advised that official court personnel may contact you by telephone, but they will never ask for your personal information."

In other police reports:

* Two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a burglary tool and probation violation on May 29 at the Motel 6 on Hopyard Road, according to police reports.

Officers reportedly saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot and ran the vehicle's license plate.

The vehicle was registered to David Alan Witprachtiger, 26, of Livermore, who was on probation for burglary and had a search clause, according to police.

Officers reportedly saw Witprachtiger walking and allegedly found him in possession of shaved keys, which can be used to gain access to cars.

Police reports stated that officers then searched the man's motel room and found a male and female who were on active probation.

The man — Robert Gerrit Nash, 22, of Livermore — was also reportedly on probation for burglary and officers allegedly found a shaved key in his backpack.

Witprachtiger and Nash were arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

* An unknown Asian male allegedly stole $6,000 worth of jeans from Nordstrom at Stoneridge Mall on May 31, according to police.

The unidentified culprit was seen by security on the security camera looking through the men's jeans section, according to police.

Security walked the sales floor and when the suspect heard the door alarm sounding, he allegedly grabbed the jeans and walked outside to an awaiting vehicle. This case is currently under investigation.

* A $229 drill and other miscellaneous items worth $660 were reported stolen from a construction site on Stoneridge Drive, police said.

Sometime between May 23-27, someone reportedly broke into the site's modular unit by climbing over the fence and cutting the padlock off, according to police. No arrests have been made.

* A Ford Excursion was egged on the 2200 block of Via Espada on May 26, according to police.

An officer conducted a neighborhood check, but couldn't find any suspects or witnesses.

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

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