A San Francisco woman was arrested May 25 for felony and two misdemeanors in an incident that began as a simple shoplifting at Stoneridge Shopping Center.
Security officers attempted to stop Vanessa Marie Delapaz, 29, at about 7:42 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road in a theft of $148 jeans from Macy's Men's. Delapaz, however, pulled out a hypodermic needle, yelled she has AIDS and brandished the needle, holding the officers at bay while she attempted to get away, according to a police report.
Pleasanton police were called in for assistance. Delapaz was in the parking lot trying to get away when police arrived and she was taken into custody after dropping the needle. She was arrested for misdemeanor theft, brandishing a weapon and possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance. It could not be confirmed if Delapaz has AIDS.
In other police reports:
* A woman who was apparently the slowest of a group of grab-and-run thieves at the mall was arrested May 21 after police were called to two separate mass shopliftings.
Macy's Women's called police to report that seven or eight suspects involved in a group grab-and-run were running from the store. At around the same time, police were called from Victoria's Secret about a similar theft there.
Loss prevention officers spotted the suspects, described as a group of black males and females, leaving the mall. Officers gave chase in the parking lot, but the suspects ran off in separate directions.
Brandy Denise Windom was arrested laying on top of or near the items recovered, but the other suspects got away. Windom, 18, of San Francisco was arrested at around 7:07 p.m. for burglary and receiving stolen property.
Twenty jackets and 22 pairs of jeans valued at $4,023 from Macy's were recovered, along with bras and underwear valued at $654 from Victoria's Secret.
It's the third time in about five weeks that area stores were hit by shoplifting gangs. The first occurred April 20, also at Victoria's Secret, with lingerie worth more than $1,800 taken in a grab-and-run robbery by six to eight suspects, including two black males and four to six black females. Forty-four brassieres were stolen in that incident.
On May 24, a gang of thieves pulled off a similar heist, taking thousands of dollars worth of jeans from the True Religion store at Livermore's Premium Outlets. Witnesses described the 10 suspects as four black men and six black women, all in their 20s. They escaped in a red 1980s Toyota Corolla and a silver car similar to a Ford Taurus. A spokesman for True Religion said the thieves made off with about $5,000 in merchandise; the designer jeans can run up to $400 a pair.
* Toni Lew Fanfa, 46, of San Leandro was arrested for burglary and probation violation in a May 22 burglary at Sears in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road. Fanfa hid a number of items, including a $159.99 drill bit sharpener, three sets of speakers worth a total of $150, a $40 purse and a $20 battery charger.
Fanfa later returned and attempted to leave the store; she was taken into custody by security officers.
* Thomas Myatt, 54, of Pleasanton was arrested at his home in the 2600 block of Vista Diablo Court on a felony warrant from Solano County for selling a controlled substance, a DUI and a hit-and-run accident.
* There are no suspects in a May 25 theft just outside Tommy T's in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road. The victim parked his motorcycle on the sidewalk in front of the business at about 11 p.m. leaving his helmet on his handlebars. When he came out about 25 minutes later, his custom saddle bags, worth about $4,000, were gone, along with a $300 black leather vest, a $250 motorcycle helmet, $80 gloves, a $30 sweatshirt and a $25 mask.
* A burglary at Cycle Gear in the 5700 block of Johnson Drive netted a $500 jacket, cameras worth $399.99 and $299.99, and a $279.99 jacket. Entry was through a rear door that was smashed between 5:50 and 6:10 a.m. May 24.
* A resident of the 500 block of Cento Court reported two unauthorized charges were made on credit cards that he thinks were stolen from his wallet at a Livermore restaurant. One, for $1,900, was made at Home Depot in Tracy and another for $1,300 was made at a Home Depot in Manteca. The charges were reported at about 10:49 a.m. May 26.
* An overnight auto burglary May 22 at Enterprise Rental Car in the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive yielded two tires valued at $1,000. The theft took place between 6 p.m. May 22 and 7 a.m. May 23 and a window of the car was broken at the same time, but nothing from inside the vehicle was stolen.
* A resident of the 4100 block of Cristobal Way reported an identity theft at about 2:46 p.m. May 24 in which fraudulent accounts were opened with his information. After it was reported, a suspect attempted to make a deposit at a US Bank branch in San Mateo to deposit money. The clerk became suspicious and the suspect left the bank. A Nordstrom account was opened as well, but there were no charges on that.
Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.