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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - October 19, 2012

Police Bulletin

Thousands of dollars in jewelry stolen in two home burglaries

Two homes less than a half mile away from each other were hit by a thief or thieves the same day and near the same time, according to police reports.

Jewelry worth more than $52,000 was stolen in an Oct. 10 burglary in the 2600 block of Vista Diablo Court. A ring, with an aquamarine stone, valued at $25,000 was stolen, along with an $8,000 blue sapphire ring, a $7,000 diamond ring, and a $6,000 tennis bracelet. Also taken were two $2,500 watches, a men's gold and silver watch, and a woman's gold and diamond watch, along with a $100 watch, a $1,050 laptop, a video game console worth $150, about $60 in video games and a $15 novel. The break-in was reported at about 4:21 p.m.; a garage door had been left unlocked.

That same day jewelry and electronics were stolen from a home in the 2500 block of Yolanda Court. Two Tag Hauer watches were taken, one worth $1,500 and another worth $500, along with pendants worth $1,000 and $750, and two sets of earrings worth $300 and $200. Also stolen were a $200 wedding band and $200 cash. In addition to the jewelry, a $2,300 MacBook pro was stolen, along with a $800 iPad, video games worth $350, a $300 DVD player, a Nintendo DS valued at $150 and two iPhones worth $200 apiece. The burglary occurred between 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.; entry was gained by breaking a window.

In other police reports:

* Three men lost their shoplifted goods but escaped after pepper spraying a security guard who tried to stop them in an Oct. 12 incident at Walmart, according to a police report.

The three suspects had put about $417 in goods -- DVDs, disposable razor cartridges, over-the-counter medicines and video games -- in a box and attempted to leave the store at about 9:10 p.m. A security guard who tried to stop the trio was doused with pepper spray, but the men dropped their box before getting away by car.

* A would-be strong-arm bandit apparently bit off more than he could chew when trying to force a man to use his ATM card to withdraw cash from Chase Bank in the 5800 block of Stoneridge Mall Road at about 7:32 p.m. Oct. 11. The victim overpowered the thief, throwing him to the ground, and ran to his vehicle. The suspect escaped without any cash.

* Four women from San Francisco were arrested around 8:44 p.m. Oct. 9 for trying to make off with a $300 cubic zirconium ring from Bailey, Banks and Biddle, a jewelry store at Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Uniqua Monay Mackey, 20, and Talera Leasena Brewster, 20, were arrested for felony shoplifting, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Tory Marie Sprague, 21, and Markida Ululani Blueford, 22, were arrested for possession of stolen property and conspiracy.

* Lawrence Leroy Jones, 52, of San Leandro was arrested Oct. 12 for failure to register as a sex offender.

* A $1,000 Fender Jazz Bass and $90 laptop were stolen in an Oct. 10 burglary at a home in the 400 block of Vineyard Avenue. The break-in was reported at about 11:31 a.m.; entry was gained through a rear window of the home.

* DJ equipment worth more than $10,000 was stolen from a vehicle parked near Club Neo sometime between 12:45 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9:50 a.m. Oct. 9. Two amplifiers worth $4,849, a $2,849 processor, and a $2,499 16-channel remote server were stolen along with a $1,399 mixer, 11 speakers worth $4407, and video screens worth about $643.

* Cash and other items were stolen in two Oct. 14 burglaries. In one, a $200 laptop taken from the victim's room at the Sheraton Hotel in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Mall Road, reported at about 12:26 p.m. There was no forced entry.

An unlocked garage door at a home in the 3700 block of Angus Way led to the theft of $890 in cash, $228 in sports equipment, a $50 flash drive, personal belongings worth $75, and passports and other documents.

* In an Oct. 15 burglary at Lexus of Pleasanton in the 4300 block of Rosewood Drive, a $50 wallet was stolen from an employee's desk. The worker received a call from his credit card company saying someone had tried to use the card at Walmart, nearby. Police have a suspect in the case. That incident was reported at 11:25 a.m.

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

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