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Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - November 29, 2013

Police Bulletin

More than $13,000 taken in two home burglaries

Two homes were hit by burglars using the same method of entry in recent days, according to police reports.

In one, nearly $13,000 in jewelry and electronics was stolen in a Nov. 22 residential burglary in the 9200 block of Klemetson Drive. Among the items taken in the theft, which took place between 9 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., was a $6,000 diamond-and-emerald ring, a $1,200 laptop and a $1,100 tablet computer. Entry was made by breaking in through a garage door.

A garage door was also the method of entry in a Nov. 20 residential burglary in the 4300 block of Mirador Drive that netted two watches valued at about $200 apiece. A $150 coat and a $100 drill were also stolen in the break-in, which occurred between 6:45 a.m. and 8:20 p.m.

A vehicle in the same block of Mirador Drive was also burgled on Nov. 19, in an incident reported at about 8:55 a.m.

In other police reports:

* A resident of the 1800 block of Paseo del Cajon told police she was the victim of the grandparent scam with a loss of $2,000 from two separate transactions. Someone claiming to be a grandchild in trouble called asking for help, and the woman wired twice from a Hopyard Road check-cashing company. A third call for more money alerted the victim to the ruse, which was reported to police at about 11:21 a.m. Nov. 19.

* A call from the bank prevented a big loss to a Serpentine Lane business. In the Nov. 19 incident, someone tried to make a $26,000 wire transfer from the bank account of the Peridot Corp. The bank called to confirm the transaction, which was denied by the firm.

* A woman was unsuccessful in attempting to use five counterfeit $100 bills at three stores in the Stoneridge Shopping Center in a string of incidents reported at about 3:45 p.m. Nov. 23.

The woman tried to cash the bills at Macy's Women's at the mall, where a clerk declined the transaction. She left with the bogus bills, but also hit Aeropostale and Hollister; both stores also refused to take the counterfeit cash.

* Alexandra Honeggar, 43, of Oakland was arrested for felony shoplifting at Sears in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road. Honeggar was arrested in the theft of a $20 shirt; the count was elevated to a felony for entering the store with intent to shoplift.

* Pleasanton police are investigating a Nov. 23 report of felony embezzlement from a store in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue. More than $500 was taken in the theft, which was reported at about 10:47 a.m.

* Residents in the 600 block of Palomino Drive reported someone used their identification to make a fraudulent $402.95 charge at a 7-Eleven in Northridge in Southern California. The couple reported the identity theft at about 8:38 a.m. Nov. 21 and told police they still had their ATM card in their possession.

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

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