An employee of Rite Aid in the 2800 block of Hopyard Road was arrested at about 1 p.m. May 22 for embezzlement and burglary. Amado Merchan, 28, of Walnut Creek was stealing medications and selling them, according to a police report, which said he'd stolen more than $2,000 in prescription medicines over about six months.
Two Oakdale men were arrested after a registration check at the Shell station at 6750 Santa Rita Road on May 19 at about 11:30 p.m., a police report said. The check led to an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and a search of the suspect's car, where police found 45 grams of methamphetamine, a set of scales and plastic bags.
Car owner Russell Middleton, 38, was taken into custody on a parole violation and paraphernalia possession; Todd Skaggs, 41, was arrested for possession with intent to sell.
In other police reports:
* A May 19 traffic stop led to two misdemeanor charges against a 21-year-old Pleasanton man, who was arrested after a stop for an equipment violation for having a false tab on his license plate. A search turned up a switchblade knife and homemade fireworks -- three small bottles filled with gunpowder, that were found in the inside pocket of the driver's door. The stop took place at about 11:34 p.m. at the intersection of Stanley Boulevard and California Avenue.
* Police have an unnamed suspect in an embezzlement at a kiosk store at the Stoneridge Shopping Center reported at about 1:20 p.m. May 15. An employee at the store, called Get Cash for Gift Cards, was using a scam to pocket money from redeeming cards; more than $1,000 was stolen between April and May.
* More than $3,800 in property was stolen in a residential burglary in the 7600 block of Fairoaks Drive reported at about 3:06 p.m. May 21. Taken was a $1,000 laptop, 20 pairs of earrings valued at $1,000, an $800 men's wedding band, a $500 watch, a $200 jewelry box, a woman's gold chain worth $200, and $150 diamond stud earrings. The rear door of the home was pried open to provide access.
* Holly Kay Hollaway, 33, of Modesto was arrested at about 12:06 a.m. May 18 at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Tawny Drive for possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance and possession of a prescription in another's name, both felonies.
Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.
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