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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - November 2, 2012

Police Bulletin

Alleged child pornographer busted on federal warrant

A Pleasanton man was taken into custody Oct. 26 on a federal warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography

Martin Binmon Avery, 46, was taken into custody in the 3200 block of Vineyard Avenue at about 5:15 p.m. on a warrant issued by the FBI. No additional information was available.

In other police reports:

* At least 11 vehicles were keyed over the course of two nights, with an expletive scratched into them. Seven cars parked in the 7500 block of Rosedale Court were reported keyed between 8:56 and 10:33 p.m. Oct. 25. The next night, between 6:28 and 7:13 p.m., three vehicles parked in the 5300 block of Brookside Court were reported keyed with the same expletive, and the next day, Oct. 27, the owner of a fourth vehicle parked in the same block reported the same expletive had been keyed.

* Victor Dino Alcantara, 28, a transient, was arrested at about 2:32 a.m. Oct. 27 for failure to register as a sex offender. He was taken into custody while sitting on a curb in the 5200 block of Hopyard Road.

* An employee at Cafe Main was charged with embezzlement and grand theft for taking more than $6,000 from the coffee shop, in the 400 block of Main Street. Ian Turner, 27, of Pleasanton was charged by the district attorney. A review of deposits over several months determined there were 22 deposit bags missing for a total of $6,400.

* Billy James McLeod, 18, a transient, was arrested Oct. 29 for auto theft and possession of methamphetamines. McLeod was arrested with Marcquis Ramon Davis, 23, of Oakland who was in the same vehicle and arrested for a parole violation and paraphernalia possession. The two were arrested near the intersection of Foothill Road and Interstate 580 after a resident in the The Preserve reported two suspicious people in the area, wearing dark clothing and standing on a corner at about 12:45 a.m. A woman -- one of the two spotted -- was questioned and released.

* Mandy Leanne Timmons, 40, of Martinez, was arrested Oct. 24 in the 5300 block of Hopyard Road for auto theft and receiving stolen property. Timmons was arrested at about 10:57 p.m. when a traffic stop turned up the Honda Civic she was driving had been stolen from Martinez. Two camera bags with an iPhone, two iPods, a laptop, a hard drive, coins and electrical cords were found in the car.

* Two men were arrested Oct. 25 on burglary related charges after an Oct. 25 call about suspicious activity near the Pleasanton branch of Children's Hospital & Research Center in the 5800 block of Stoneridge Mall Road.

Akash Sharma, 31, of Modesto was arrested for burglary, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. Karan Sharma, 22, of Ceres was arrested for receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Both were arrested at around 3:47 p.m.

When approached by police, Akash Sharma went into the Chase Bank branch nearby and was taken into custody there. Karan Sharma was taken into custody near their vehicle.

Victims from Positive Changes Hypnosis in the 5800 block of Stoneridge Mall Road reported a cell phone and $120 cash.

* A van and an $11,000 carpet cleaning machine mounted inside that were stolen in an Oct. 28 commercial burglary at Tiger Carpet Cleaning in the 5700 block of Sonoma Drive were recovered on Oct. 30 in Oakland. The front door of the carpet cleaning company had been pried open, and the business was ransacked. Two area rugs, a computer, monitor and floor buffer stolen in that burglary have not been recovered.

* A $5,000 gold Rolex watch, a $4,000 Nikon camera and lenses, a $1,000 laptop, a $1,000 Gucci purse, a $1,000 stereo receiver and $1,000 speakers were reported stolen in an Oct. 24 burglary from a home in the 3200 block of Pueblo Way. The break-in took place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., although police found no sign of forced entry.

* Two Pleasanton residents reported on Oct. 25 that they were victims of fraud or a fraud attempt. A resident of the 3200 block of Vineyard Avenue told police that someone used her personal information to open a PayPal account and made three charges of $86.01, $1,111 and $1,109, all through Apple.

A resident of the 3400 block of Gravina Place reported someone at a bank in Tracy tried to get $2,500 from her account. There was no arrest, but the attempt was unsuccessful.

* Two computers were among the items stolen in three vehicle break-ins overnight on Oct. 25.

A $2,000 laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle parked overnight in the 1900 block of Palmer Drive; a window was smashed between 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 8:10 a.m. Oct. 26.

A $2,000 laptop and a $200 briefcase were stolen from a car parked in the 2700 block of Lylewood Drive between 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 26; a window was broken in this theft as well.

The briefcase was recovered near the intersection of Mohr and Kamp, leading police to the owner. Also in the case was information on a theft from an unlocked vehicle in the 7900 block of Paragon Circle around the same time. A hands-free bluetooth device and a diaper bag were stolen from that car.

A neighborhood check led to the discovery of the vehicle on Palmer Drive and two suitcases on Regency Drive. They'd been stolen that same night from Fremont.

* A burglary in the 3600 block of Andrews Drive between 9:50 a.m. Oct. 26 and 9:55 p.m. Oct. 27 netted about $80 in miscellaneous items. A garage door had been left open.

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

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