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Police log: Alleged shoplifter charged after struggle with security guard

Original post made on Nov 11, 2011

A scuffle at the mall between a suspected shoplifter and a security guard led to a forcible robbery charge against the would-be thief, a police report said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7:04 AM

Comments (15)

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Nov 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

I wonder if old Stanley will try the Mary Hayashi defense----oopppsss, I was distracted and forgot that I failed to pay for the goods I so obviously tried to leave with. At least his is a misdemeanor offense.

Posted by Unknown, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

Actually it is a felony, a robbery charge is a felony. 211 PC.

Posted by Kellan, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

We are going to see more of that at Stoneridge Mall with BART now stopping at the Mall. So we just have to be careful this Christmas season when walking out to our cars, or putting our handbag on the floor in the dressing room because they can reach right under and snatch your purse. I have seen it happen at JCP!! I am glad they caught the guy but it scares me because you don't know if he had a gun or not. That would of been a really sad story. Just be aware of your surroundings..

Posted by Larry, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

Yeah, with BART there are people coming to the malls who don't look like us Pleasantonians. If you see anyone who doesn't look like us, run as fast as you can and then call the crayon police.

Posted by Member, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

I also wondered whether this guy will say that he was distracted by texting someone or on a cell phone call, and he forgot that he still had on the new shoes that he hadn't paid for.

It sounds equally plausible to Hayashi's story about putting things in a shopping bag. I don't know about other people, but when I am shopping, and have a bag with things I have paid for, and then I select something else that I want to buy but haven't paid for it yet, I carry the unpaid-for item in my hand until I pay for it. I don't put it into a bag that has things that were already paid for.

Regarding the felony vs. misdemeanor point, I suspect that the story is inaccurate in calling this a "robbery." This was really petty larceny.

A "robbery" is automatically a felony, because it involves use of force or the threat of force. A "stickup" at gunpoint is one example, just the use or threat of force without a weapon. They might only get $10, but the aspect of force makes it more severe. Otherwise, simply walking away with someone else's stuff is larceny, and it can be "petty larceny" (value under $900 in CA, and a misdemeanor) or "grand larceny" (value over $900 in CA, and a felony). Larceny and "theft" are generally synonymous.

A decent comparison of the crimes is found at:
Web Link

The BART station near the Mall probably does attract into Pleasanton people from elsewhere who are more inclined toward crime than Pleasantonians are. That was one argument against putting a 2nd BART station so close to the first one, and right next to the Mall. I thought that a station out in Livermore would have made much more sense in terms of getting more people off the highway and onto BART. Do we need 2 BART stations half a mile apart?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Nov 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Larry, are you a racist or just an apologist for criminals entering our town? Are you assuming that the perp doesn't look like us because he's from Oakland? What do people from Oakland look like to make them so different?
Please elaborate from your lofty perch in Swankville......

Posted by Larry, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Member condemns Hayashi, and then says "I don't know about other people." He sure doesn't.... Such is a consequence of staring at your own bellybutton all day long.

Steve the Swift demonstrates yet again that he is really quite a bit slower on the uptake than are most of us who walk on two legs.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Where you find people and property, you'll have crime, whether the criminal gets there by BART, bus, or bicycle.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Nov 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Larry, you may have evolved to the point where you can walk on two legs, but with your knuckles still dragging on the ground, it must be hard for you to see what's in front of you.

Posted by Derffy73, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Derffy73 is a registered user.

Larry... Pleasantonians? Seems like when I walk through my hood, I see tons of faces that YOU perhaps would not consider them to be a Pleasantonian.... How about you do us all a favor, and keep your ignorance to yourself....

Posted by Larry, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Hey Dooffy73, I bet you liked the part about the crayons though, eh?

Oh, and since you brought up ignorance, here's one for you and the village idiot: How many faces are in a ton? (Don't come back until you figure out the correct answer.)

Posted by Derffy73, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Derffy73 is a registered user.

Larry, Larry... the funny thing is I actually know who you are, and now I'm actually sure your the ignorant person you make yourself out to be.... So the next time you speak to someone that may not look like a Pleasantonian, but actually lives here... Just make sure you give them the same courtesy you'd give to your fellow nieghbor.....

Posted by Larry, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Twice I gave you a hint with my reference to crayolas. If you're too dense to have caught my drift, then I'll have to just let ignorant dogs lie where they do.

Oh, "your the ignorant person" should be "you're...."

And, "speak to someone that" should be "someone who"

But you haven't answered my question yet. How many faces make up a ton?

Oh, heck, one more try. Please re-read Kellen's comment, and then try reading my comment as a response to Kellen's. Still don't get it?

Posted by Derffy73, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Derffy73 is a registered user.

Whatever Mr. Larry. Your comments just seem a little racist, ignorant, and isensative. the hell with your question " How Many faces are in a ton". How about telling use what a pleasantonian looks like so you can really show your true colors? You just seem like the kind of guy my parents warned me about before moving out here. The kind of guy with the " I just pumped the nieghbor's cat look" on your face. I say this because I know who you are, and you really do set a bad example for the way people really think in pleasanton.

If you really have a mind then wouldn't you think all crime elements in any area are alike? Crime is crime dude... any place any time.... Happy Holidays.

One thing we can agree about... I totally believe Hayashi is a bum.....

Posted by Larry, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Well, there you go, Derf. I don't know who you're mixing me up with in that cluttered little mind of yours. But we certainly do NOT agree that Hayashi is a bum, though I'd feel pretty safe in stating that I believe you are a bum. I'm reserving judgment on Hayashi's character until there is a trial, though I realize you and so many others of your good neighbors want to convict her and set her ablaze before a trial has been scheduled. I apparently stand apart from vigilantism of this sort. Shame on me. Now as to your difficulties using the English language, well I can't help you there. Sorry. Signed, One of those faces in the ton

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