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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - February 22, 2013

Police Bulletin

Prostitute reports robbery attempt

Police are investigating a report of an early morning robbery attempt from an admitted prostitute at a room in the Best Western in the 5300 block of Owens Court.

According to a Feb. 19 report, the victim told police that around 2:12 a.m. a man used a silver handgun and attempted to rob her inside her room. When she refused to give him money, the suspect broke a window of the room and left.

Under questioning, the woman admitted she was there to engage in prostitution, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber. No arrest was made.

In other police reports:

* Vanessa Susana Palma, 29, of Millbrae was arrested Feb. 12 for felony theft from the Stoneridge Shopping Center. Palma was caught after bringing clothing into the dressing room and stashing 10 items worth more than $2,095. She was taken into custody at 9:08 p.m.

* Gregory Soto, 42, of Pleasanton was arrested on a felony warrant for auto theft in Tracy. Soto was arrested at about 11:02 p.m. Feb. 15 in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road.

* Three thousand dollars in cash and a U.S. residency card worth $500 were reportedly stolen in an auto burglary in the 2000 block of Raven Road. The theft occurred between 6 p.m. Feb. 18 and 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19; the vehicle's doors had been left unlocked.

* Computers worth $1,900 and camera equipment worth $1,050 was reported stolen in two Feb. 18 auto burglaries at Stoneridge Shopping Center. In one, reported at 3:03 p.m., a $1,500 laptop and a $400 iPad were stolen, along with a $50 laptop bag. In the second, reported at the same time, a $600 camera and $400 lens were stolen along with a $50 backpack. The rear passenger windows on both vehicles were shattered as well, with a replacement cost estimated at $300 apiece.

* Jewelry worth an estimated $2,850 was stolen from a structure in the 2700 block of Curry Street between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Taken in the theft were two gold necklaces worth $950 each and a gold ring also valued at $950.

* A $500 laptop was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of St. Mary Street between 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and 1:15 a.m. Feb. 17. The vehicle's lock was punched, and a lock was punched on a second vehicle at the same location near the same time.

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

--Glenn Wohltmann

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