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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - July 20, 2012

Police Bulletin

Forgeries take center stage over last week

Police are investigating several forgeries and have made an arrest in one that occurred in recent days.

Miranda Carol Lee, 26, of Livermore, was arrested at Custom Care Pharmacy in the 4200 block of First Street for forgery and receiving stolen property. Lee was taken into custody at about 5:36 p.m. July 10 for attempting to pick up a fraudulent prescription and for possession of stolen checks. She's also being held on a felony arrest warrant for larceny in Kentucky.

Police are investigating a July 11 incident at 10:49 a.m. at Valley Community Bank in the 400 block of Main Street in which an unknown person passed a $471 fraudulent check.

In a July 16 incident, a woman reported that a thief or thieves had forged two checks, one for $350 and another for $256, along with charging $62.50 on her credit card. That incident was reported at 6:35 p.m. in the 3100 block of Joanne Circle.

In other police reports:

* No charges have been filed in a Tuesday incident in which a check for $116,902.62 was used to buy a 2011 Mercedes Benz 550. In the incident, reported at 4:12 p.m. July 17, someone used a business check to buy the car at Mercedes Benz of Pleasanton in the 5800 block of Owens Drive, knowing he didn't have enough money in the account to cover the purchase. The car has since been returned.

* A twist on a scam that's made the news recently netted $2,120 from a resident in the 1400 block of Whispering Oaks Way. The woman wired money to someone claiming to be an acquaintance asking for help. Police have no leads in the case, which was reported at about 12:39 p.m. July 11; they've been warning people about the scam in which a person typically claiming to be a relative calls and says the money is needed right away.

* A thief stole a car from 7600 block of Highland Oaks Drive but left another stolen car in its place. In the incident, reported at about 11:04 p.m. July 12, a 1990 Honda Accord was stolen. At around 10 a.m. the next day, police found a 1997 Honda Civic that had been stolen from Union City near the same address.

* A traffic stop for an expired registration led to the arrest of a San Jose man on a felony child abuse warrant. Brian Jason Fielding, 35, was arrested July 11 at the intersection of Franklin Drive and Johnson Drive on the warrant, which had been issued by the San Jose Police Department.

* Two Pleasanton men were arrested for drug possession in separate incidents this week. Thomas Joseph Maurice, 19, of Pleasanton was arrested for possession with the intent to sell a non-narcotic controlled substance and paraphernalia possession at about 2:38 a.m. July 17 in the 3900 block of Kern Court. An officer recognized Maurice who consented to a pat-down search, which yielded 7.8 grams of methamphetamine.

Thomas Montgomery Gloede, 24, of Pleasanton was arrested around 10:17 a.m. July 16 for drug possession and paraphernalia possession after a stop for an expired registration. Police found .6 grams of heroin and 5.9 grams of methamphetamine.

* A Pleasanton man busted for burglary almost exactly a year ago has been busted again. Brodie Alexander Lewis, 19, of Pleasanton, is on probation for burglary after being caught July 12, 2011, following a report from a watchful resident and a foot chase by police. Lewis was arrested at about 9 p.m. July 11 during the 1st Wednesday Street Fair on misdemeanor charges of violating a restraining order and resisting arrest.

* A $1,500 laptop computer and $100 briefcase were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at 24 Hour Fitness in the 4700 block of Willow Road between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. July 17 after a front passenger window in the vehicle was smashed.

* A would-be burglar caused damage to the front door and the lock of a home in the 600 block of Palomino Drive. A pry tool was used in an attempt to open the door. That's similar to two separate incidents reported last week in which a pry tool was used at a home and at a business.

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

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