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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - December 28, 2012

Police Bulletin

Shoplifting arrest leads to multiple charges

A San Francisco woman was arrested for four felonies and one misdemeanor after a Dec. 19 shoplifting incident at Nordstrom, according to police reports.

Laura Ann Nickel, 32, was pegged by store security as a suspicious woman who was seen carrying a number of items along with a large black bag, reports said. She took several jackets into the fitting room, where a store security guard heard what sounded like clipping sounds. After she left the fitting room, the guard found a security tag stashed in another jacket.

Nickel was arrested for shoplifting a jacket valued at $190. During a search, police turned up nine counterfeit bills -- two $20s, four $10s and three $5s -- along with methamphetamine and a pipe.

That led to felony arrests to burglary, possession of burglary tools, forgery and methamphetamine possession, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession. Nickel was arrested at 7:39 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road.

In other police reports:

* Counterfeit $50 and $10 bills were discovered at the Childrens Place at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Two $50 bills and one $10 bill were found in the incident, reported at about 4:09 p.m. in the 1200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; there are no suspects.

* Tools worth more than $4,800 were reported stolen Dec. 18 in a burglary at 829 Clara Lane. Among the items taken were an industrial hammer valued at nearly $1,500and a laser level worth nearly $1,200. A window was broken in that burglary, which occurred between 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 8 a.m. Dec. 17.

* Four rims worth $1,000 and four tires valued at $600 were reported stolen overnight Dec. 18 from Specialty Service in the 3500 block of Nevada Street.

* A 42-inch flatscreen TV valued at $511 was reported stolen at 9:03 a.m. Dec. 21 from the fitness center at Pleasanton Glen apartments in the 3900 block of Vineyard Avenue.

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

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