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Casino winner target of home invasion robbery

Original post made on Aug 27, 2013

Pleasanton police are investigating a home invasion robbery on Monday afternoon that apparently targeted a winner at a Bay Area casino.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 26, 2013, 4:56 PM

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Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2013 at 7:09 am the husband came home, feel asleep in a downstairs bedroom, then when the wife arrived home the 3 black guys in red hoodies approached her with guns. I know this one saw these guys hanging in the court for how long?
Sounds fishy to me...

Posted by Ted, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 27, 2013 at 7:37 am

I agree that the circumstances sound a bit fishy. However, what would be the motive for lying about being robbed?

If the robbery really occurred then one would suspect that casino workers or the cab driver tipped off the robbers. How else would anyone know about the cash winnings and where this couple resided? Who else did this fellow tell that he won a lot of cash?

And yes, three black guys roaming through that neighborhood would draw some attention. If none of the neighbors saw anything, it would suggest no robbery occurred.

Posted by thoughts, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Aug 27, 2013 at 8:52 am

Yes, the journalistic text reads fishy. But, the truth is somewhere. As I drove by passing that court on my right, I saw the police, and the dog, but I didn't see three red-hooded African American men anywhere headed towards the hills or toward the freeway. And, I agree, RED HOODED and/or 3 African American kids running or walking with a bag under their arms on or near a major artery in this part of town would def stick out. Even if no one was on the alert for that, it would get reported to police as suspect because we are pretty paranoid and homogeneous up here. When I called a few nights back 11pmish or so, to report what might be gun shots, the dispatcher said that there were already police investigating because they had reports already. Well, if those common celebratory firecracker *sounds* are getting reported within split seconds, then Red Hooded threesomes in the middle of the afternoon on a major throughway would def get reported. I wonder. On the other hand, anything is possible, and it is often the absurd that is the truth. Glad to know that it was just money and not life that was taken.

Posted by Require All Hoods to wear red Hoodies!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

And black pants!

Should the pants need to be around their knees?

Would make them easier to track!

It doesn't seem to say which Casino he was at, either.
If he took a cab home, it seems like it was local?

Posted by Dewey, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hypothetical scenario: If someone did win big at the casino (which reports all big winnings to the IRS) and was then declared that he lost it all in a robbery then he wouldn't have to pay taxes on the winnings, would he? Again, hypothetical, but I'm sure that the police are looking at this case from all angles.

Posted by Sue, a resident of Valley Trails
on Aug 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I definitely smell a rat - not sure what kind, but an obvious one.

Posted by Rob, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Any home invasion here will be met with my .44 cal colt. I'm the kind of guy that refuses to be a the way...I don't call 911 either.

Posted by Dewey, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thanks for this, Rob. I'll make sure to keep the kids off your lawn.

Posted by Stella, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

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I find this story way to fishy too. Almost like the woman that burned her house down a few years ago.

Can't wait till the truth comes out.

Posted by Robbed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2013 at 12:11 am

Actually, I saw a star on a TV interview about 3 weeks ago, telling how he had won in a casino a sizeable amount, not a million. Whole people all around him at the cage window who could hear. He ask for a 'check' and was told no, had to take in cash. He had to give his location, etc. and during that night, he was robbed...because they had heard all the relevant info.
( maybe this guy saw that interview too)

Posted by Claudette, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

Easily possible that this happened. Anyone who gambles and wins calls attention to themselves. Easy pickings for thieves. I was with my Grandmother in Tahoe a number of years ago, and we were followed out. My Grandmother wins often at the machines, and sure enough that day she won and her purse was yanked from her hands, or attempted, as she hung on for dear life. The guy ran off without her purse, and I'm sure a bit wiser.

It's a smart thug that waits in the shadows and follows someone home.... These are desperate times people. Wake up and be very careful, even if you are at the ATM machines, because we at times, created "Easy Pickens" for those that would prefer to Steal money than work for it.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

You'd think casinos would be set up for and recommend electronic transfer.


Posted by Renee, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Probably the same black guys that tried to kidnap the baby on Los Positas a few months back. Oh, wait that was a lie. Can't wait to hear the real story here.

Posted by Dewey, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm

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Posted by casino greed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Actually, casinos want the money in your hands. They might get lucky and you lose it on your way to the exit. Every motion, every stop has been analyzed to maximize casino profits. Every new 'exciting & lucky' game is to increase casino winnings. But, I can sit and play Blackjack at the table for hours.

Posted by Christina, a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I thought this story was a fake when I heard it as well. I just wonder what the police officers think when they are being lied to their faces. It sounds like this person watches too much tv. Who wears red bandanas anymore? Lol

Posted by Suzy, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

They arrested the guys today at their residence in Antioch.

Posted by Drexl, a resident of Ironwood
on Nov 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

@Suzy Excellent!

Posted by suzy, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I don't understand why the local media didn't release any info on the arrests. This was from Antioch Police yesterday.

I've had a few people inquiring about some police activity they saw in Antioch this morning. I'm sure there will be some information presented to the media later, but I wanted to give our Facebook family the scoop first.

Shortly before 6am, Antioch PD officers were involved in a multi-jurisdictional SWAT operation to apprehend a dangerous subject in our city who was wanted in connection with a home-invasion robbery that took place in Pleasanton. Diversionary devices were deployed and the subject was taken into custody. Investigators are still on scene collecting evidence, and the community is just a little bit safer with this bad guy in custody!

This is another example of your police department's commitment to keeping our community safe. We will continue to take the fight to criminals in our area, letting them know criminal behavior is not welcomed or tolerated.


Chief Allan Cantando

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