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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - April 20, 2012

Police Bulletin

Tire slashers hit 18 more vehicles

For the third time in less than a month, car tires have been slashed in a specific Pleasanton neighborhood, this time in the Birdland area.

On Monday morning, police began receiving calls about a tire or tires slashed on vehicles in the 2400 block of Raven Road, in the 4700 block of Mohr Avenue, in the 2400 block of Crestline Road, and on Woodthrush and Willowren ways. In all, 18 reports were filed Monday and Tuesday.

That's less than a week after at least 13 tires were slashed in the Sutter Gates neighborhood.

Residents on Sutter Gate Avenue, Laramie Gate Avenue, Laramie Gate Circle and Laramie Gate Way found tires of their vehicles had been vandalized overnight April 10. The following day, nine more residents of the same neighborhood discovered the tires on one or more of their vehicles had also been vandalized, according to a police report.

The damage had been inflicted sometime overnight each night, and the police report said a vandal had punctured one or more tires of vehicles parked along the street or in the driveway of the residents with an unknown object.

Police said there is no indication that the Sutter Gate incidents are related to similar vandalisms on March 24 in the Valley Trails area. A total of 28 cars on four streets were vandalized in the Valley Trails neighborhood late March 23 or early March 24, according to police reports. Fourteen vehicles parked on Valley Trails Drive were damaged, along with 10 on Yellowstone Court, three on Cumberland Gap Court and one on Isle Royal Court. There are no suspects.

The sidewalls of the victims' tires were punctured in the earlier vandalisms, making the tires unfixable. The vehicles were all parked on the road in front of the victims' homes; the puncture marks looked like they were caused with a half-inch knife blade in what police are calling apparent "random acts of vandalism."

In other police reports:

* Concord resident Vahid Reza Bateni, 38, was arrested for shoplifting, theft with three priors and possession of burglary tools in an incident at Nordstrom at around 5 p.m. April 12. A $500 watch was taken; police also recovered a set of wire cutters.

* Three burglaries over the last week netted, among other things, electronics and tools. In an April 15 burglary in the 4400 block of Shearwater Court, a vacuum cleaner worth $500 and a $250 golf club were stolen. Entry was gained through an open garage door. Electronics worth an estimated $650 were taken in another April 15 burglary in the 5600 block of Belleza Drive. A notebook computer, a monitor, a computer, a zip drive, guitar amplifier were taken, along with two types of saws and a box of financial documents.

* Tools worth $175 were reported stolen from a shed in the 5300 block of Case Avenue on April 14. A padlock was cut to gain access.

* A $100 wallet, an $80 purse and $60 in cash along with prescription medications were taken in a smash and grab theft from a Honda CRV parked at 24-hour Fitness on April 13.

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

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