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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - September 7, 2012

Police Bulletin

Three arrested in interrupted residential burglary

Three young men were arrested Tuesday afternoon in an apparent attempted residential burglary in the area of Blacow Street and Valley Avenue.

Officers initially responded to a citizen's report of a suspicious looking black Chrysler 300 sedan whose occupants were getting out, knocking on doors and appeared to be "casing" the area. Police observed the vehicle at the end of Blacow Court, solely occupied by a man on a cell phone who was attempting to conceal himself by lying down in the driver's seat.

Approximately one minute after contact, police dispatchers received several 911 calls reporting two men vaulting fences and running through yards in the same area; a contractor spotted the men fleeing a yard on Hall Court while another officer saw them running eastbound on Valley Avenue. Both were stopped and detained by Pleasanton police.

As officers questioned the driver and two men, a third officer checked the back yard of a home on Blacow Street and saw several indications of forced entry attempts. The yard backs up to the rear of the Hall Court home from which the two suspects fled, and witnesses placed all three subjects in the sedan.

Oakland residents Keandre Valentine, 18, and Torin Armbrust and Kenneth Joseph Jr., both 20, were arrested on charges of burglary and booked at Santa Rita Jail. No additional homes appeared to have been entered and police are unsure whether any property was actually taken.

In other police reports:

* A 21-year-old Pleasanton resident was arrested Aug. 29 after allegedly making threats to a Wells Fargo Bank teller.

Benjamin Horton, a customer of the Wells Fargo inside Safeway on Santa Rita Road, became upset at a bank overdraft fee, according to police reports. He told the teller he had an explosive device and would "blow everyone up," then left the store, police said.

Horton had arrived at the bank at 1:30 p.m., though the incident was not reported until about 3:30 p.m., according to reports. At that time, police did an area check and found Horton outside in the vicinity of the bank; he did not have explosives, police said. He was arrested on charges of making threats to commit crimes resulting in death or great bodily injury and was booked in Santa Rita Jail.

* Three men were arrested Sept. 1 after a resident called Pleasanton police about an auto burglary. The witness gave a description of the suspects' vehicle, a late-model black BMW, at the CVS on Rosewood Drive.

An officer spotted the vehicle and followed it from Santa Rita Road onto westbound Interstate 580, then pulled the car over on Dougherty Road at Dublin Boulevard. The men inside matched the description that the witness at CVS gave.

Antelope resident Reginald Elmore, 23, and San Francisco residents Adrian Gordon 24, and Kevin Lamar Lewis Jr., 22, were arrested on charges of possession of property reported stolen, including an iPod Touch. All three were booked in Santa Rita Jail.

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

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