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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - September 6, 2013

Police Bulletin

Burglar busted at construction site

A police patrol at homes under construction led to the arrest of a Pleasanton man with a trailer full of items.

Officer Brian Simon was at the scene of a number of recent construction burglaries at about 8:06 a.m. Sept. 1 when he spotted a black pickup with a trailer at the site and saw a man emerge from between two homes in the 1100 block of Finch Place.

The man attempted to convince Simon that he'd been jogging, but the officer found a hole in the fence, a door to one of the homes propped open and a shoeprint matching that of the suspect. Simon contacted the property manager, who confirmed that items in the man's trailer -- copper pipe worth $600, $280 worth of waterproofing, tiles valued at $90 and $50 worth of caulking tubes weren't his.

Jason Charles Sparks, 33, was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property.

In other police reports:

* Computer equipment worth more than $42,000 was stolen in a commercial burglary at Zeltiq, in the 4600 block of Willow Road that was reported on Aug. 19. Twelve computers were stolen, along with a $2,900, 27-inch computer monitor. Also taken in the break in, which occurred between 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 6 a.m. Aug 19, was a $400 iPhone, a $198 computer bag and a flashlight. Entry was made by prying open the firm's rear door.

* Three businesses in the recently opened Gateway Center on Bernal Avenue were hit by burglars in recent days.

A thief or thieves broke a window at Mike's Bikes in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue and took a bicycle valued at nearly $6,000 in an incident at about 6:04 a.m. Aug. 31.

That same day, a break in at the UPS store in the plaza netted $200 cash and a cash register key. Entry was through a rear door.

On Sept. 3, a glass panel was removed and a cash register was damaged at Corner Bakery, also at the Gateway Center in an incident reported at about 2:34 a.m.

* A San Jose man was arrested for felony DUI on Sept. 3 near the intersection of Hopyard Road and the eastbound on-ramp of Interstate 580.

Israel Velasco-Garcia, 32, told police he took his eyes off the road to answer a cell phone call at about 11:36 p.m. His car was doing about 40 mph when it collided with a car waiting at the light, sending it into a vehicle in front of it. The driver of the center car complained of pain in the neck and back.

* An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen in an Aug. 29 commercial burglary at Bellezza Cristalis Salon in the first block of W. Angela Street. Entry was made through the rear of the shop in the incident, which occurred at about 5:56 a.m.

* Tommy Lee Odom Jr., 34, of Hayward was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 for petty theft at Wal-Mart. Odom was caught after being chased to an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Andrews Drive. A background check led to an arrest on a warrant for felony assault out of Hayward.

* Two bicycles were stolen in a residential burglary reported at about 9:34 a.m. Aug. 31. A garage door window at a home in the 2400 block of Silver Oaks Lane was broken and the door rolled partway up to gain access to the bikes, one valued at $600 another valued at $500.

* A resident of the 3500 block of Ballantyne Drive reported that someone was attempting to cash counterfeit forged checks in a police report filed at about 11:49 a.m. Aug. 31. No money was lost; a check for $1,900 was declined by the bank.

* A couple in the 2800 block of El Capitan Drive reported a longstanding series of fraudulent charges had been made on their credit card. The charges were between $20 and $70 and went on for nearly a year. Each spouse thought the other had made the charges. The incident was reported at about 4:06 p.m. Aug. 29.

* Hertz Rent-A-Car in the 4800 block of Hopyard Road reported someone had attempted to rent a car with fraudulent identification and possibly a stolen credit card in an incident reported at about 5:57 p.m. Aug. 28.

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

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