Officer Mark Braaten was in the parking lot of Walmart checking an expired registration when a woman ran up and reported that three woman had just stolen shoes from Payless, saying, "There they go," according to a police report. The woman pointed to a blue car leaving the parking lot, and Braaten called dispatch, which had not received a call about the theft, the report said.
While Braaten followed the car onto eastbound Interstate 580, the dispatcher called Payless, which confirmed the theft.
Braaten lost sight of the car when it was blocked by a tractor trailer, but the car was stopped by Officer Tim Martens near the intersection of Pickens Lane and Santa Rita Road, according to the report.
Shanae K Timmons, 28, of Castro Valley; Ricky Westmoreland, 27, of Richmond; Erin Sharice Frazier, 29, of El Sobrante; and Ashley Nicole Mouton, 26, of El Cerrito were arrested for shoplifting and conspiracy. The four were taken into custody at about 3:27 p.m. Five pairs of shoes valued at a total of $97 were recovered.
In other police reports:
* Shermmesha Desean Hart, 26, of Livermore was arrested at about 5:43 p.m. May 9 in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road on three felony warrants, one for commercial burglary in Manteca, another for a burglary from Daly City and a third from Tracy for grand theft. Hart was spotted as a pedestrian and arrested.
*A coincidence led to the arrest of Megan Elizabeth Zuccato-Ruskofsky, 20, of Discovery Bay. Zuccato-Ruskofsky was arrested May 11 at about 10:34 a.m. in the 3400 block of Smoketree Commons after a stop of a suspicious vehicle.
An officer ran the plate and confirmed the owner had a warrant. Zuccato-Ruskofsky had just purchased the car from that owner but had a warrant for controlled substance possession and paraphernalia possession.
* Jairo Robles Villalvazo, 19, and Armando Nest Ramirez Pichardo, 18, both of San Jose were arrested at about 11:06 p.m. May 14 for receiving stolen property after a traffic stop for an expired registration in the parking lot of the Chevron Station on Hopyard Road. Police were getting ready to tow the vehicle when they discovered it had been hot wired. The suspects told police the keys had been broken but a check turned up the car was reported stolen from San Jose in March.
* Evan Timothy Hall, 24, a transient, was arrested May 14 at about 3:27 p.m. in the 200 block of Main Street for possession of stolen property and possession of a hypodermic needle. A victim who lives on Division street called police to report someone had stolen his bicycle; police spotted Hall about 45 minutes after the theft was reported.
* A resident of the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue told police that someone had used his credit card number to make three charges, for $47.96, $6,104 and $1,169, in an incident reported at about 2:27 p.m. May 9.
* A $4,500 counterfeit check on a business account from B&G Automotive in the 3600 block of Old Santa Rita Road was cashed at Fremont Bank, which called to verify the check and stopped payment in an incident reported at about 10:21 a.m. May 8.
* A $3,500 generator, two air guns valued at $300, a $200 air compressor and a $100 duffel bag were reported stolen from the RV area of Stoneridge Townhouses on Stoneridge Drive between 3 p.m. May 6 and 7 a.m. May 7. Four cut locks were found nearby.
* A victim on the 4300 block of Fairlands Drive who had sold a car reported that she'd left two blank checks inside and that they'd been cashed, one for $2,100. That incident was reported at about 2:23 p.m. May 9.
* A $400 iPod was stolen from a home in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue between 9 p.m. May 11 and 3 a.m. May 12. The victim told police she'd left a window open because it was hot and someone reached in and snatched the device.
* A counterfeit $100 was passed at Shell gas station in the 3700 block of Hopyard Road in an incident reported at about 4:19 a.m. May 12.
* Nine small charges ranging from $7 to $47 were made using a credit card number from a victim in the 8000 block of Mountain View Drive in an incident reported at about 11:58 a.m. May 10.
* An attempt to open nine credit cards in the name of a resident of the 1300 block of Vintner Way was blocked by Citibank in an incident reported at about 11:20 a.m. May 11. All were denied because Citibank recognized the IP address as one used to open fraudulent accounts.
Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.
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