Posted by Stan, a resident of the Beratlis Place neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:19 am
I've always wanted to plan a robbery in RH. But a big one, like in the movies. We'd back up a realistic moving van to the garage and such. First we have to find out who has the most valuable jewelry, rare furniture, coins, etc. Art is too hard to sell. Does anyone know which residence would be a best candidate? Would have to be $300K plus in value.
Posted by Mellow Fellow, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:32 am
Burglary is a terribly intrusive crime. It makes a person feel violated and unsafe. I only hope that this is not indicative of the times ahead. Note: In Albuquerque New Mexico, the police do not even investigate home burglaries there are so many. Now, that's scary. it only takes one burglar to inadvertently catch the homeowner at home, and then what?
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Seems like I've read several crime reports here on the Pleasanton Weekly where robbers broke into a house and made off with loads of jewelry. When I look up the locations on the map, I find that the jewelry robberies are generally in fairly expensive neighborhoods (>$1M houses?), so maybe the thieves are targeting those houses. They certainly aren't going to find $70,000 worth of jewelry in my house. Maybe just something like $16.05 if they make off with my very young daughter's entire Disney Princess jewelry collection. I doubt that my neighbors have anything like $70,000 in jewelry laying around the house either.
So for any robbers out there: Don't waste your time with the Oak Hill neighborhood. Try your luck in somewhere like Ruby Hill instead.
To Ruby Hill homeowners: Lock up your tens of thousands of $$$ of jewelry in a vault or a bank safebox, you fools! Every successful robbery like this just encourages another.
Posted by Stupid, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm
They deserver to be robbed for not having all those items that cost so much not in a safe. Yeah, it said they took the safe but you would think if your that rich you would have a pretty freaking big safe. Plus an alarm system. This is Ruby Hills we are talking about.
Posted by Friendly Advice, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:36 am
"Maybe just something like $16.05 if they make off with my very young daughter's entire Disney Princess jewelry collection."
Sam, hate to be a killjoy, but you might want to rethink that Disney Princess jewelry collection. The lead content of the 'jewels' is not something you want around the house, let alone wrapped around your daughters wrist's. Question here of chemist's education not having expanded to study interaction between chemicals and humans? Not so tongue-in-cheek.
Posted by Freedom Seeking Anti-Unioner, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:40 am
Speaking for myself, I'd rather be murdered than have someone take any of my personal possessions. My possessions are my life. My possessions are my liberty. My possessions are my happiness. Take my life, take my wife, please. But don't take my possessions. Burglary is the worst crime in the world. That's why I'm opposed to union teachers.
Posted by anther thought, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:41 am
Has anyone considered that this "theft" might have been faked? After all, so many of the seemingly rich in Ruby Hill are really in default on their mortgages. Heads-up up insurance company, this one stinks like three day old fish.
If it is actually a theft then I have little sympathy. Ostentatious wealth along with the stupidity of not having a reasonable floor safe equals too stupid to live.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 9:00 am
"Has anyone considered that this "theft" might have been faked? After all, so many of the seemingly rich in Ruby Hill are really in default on their mortgages. Heads-up up insurance company, this one stinks like three day old fish."
Yeah, that crossed my mind, too. It does seem remarkable that there have been similar cases of robbers successfully making off with tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry at other houses in Pleasanton. Don't people keep such possessions securely locked up or at least well hidden? Don't people that wealthy have elaborate security systems that would alert the police or security company long before the robbers are able to find and get away with all that jewelry? Seems like these wealthy households are extremely careless about about their valuable possessions. Kind of suspicious.
Posted by hummm, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 9:47 am
Faked? Now that's a thought. So, a burglar sneaks past the guards guarding the gated community. He compromises all the security roaming the streets, as well as the people that live there. Then with mask on and tools in hand walks through the miles of houses (Still without being noticed), then sniffs out a house with plenty of jewelry, also sniffing that it's one of the houses that does not have a security system, and also sniffs out that's there is valuable jewelry, then also sniffs out that all the valuable jewelry is in a convenient carry-out case/storage container. You're right, this is one very, very, very crafty burglar. OR???? (insurance scam)
Posted by Leland, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm
I'm happy my good neighbors have figured out that the neighbors on my street who got robbed are either fools or criminals. You have no idea how upset we all are on our street. Losing 70,000 in jewels is like losing a child, or worse. The replacement value may be as high as 150,000. Can you not show a little bit of sympathy for what has happened to a valued property owner? There is no worse crime on this earth than stealing property from someone. Rape? Assault? Murder? Even with murder, the victim isn't around to feel so deprived after losing one's wealth to an entitlement group member. But to be burgled and forced to live with it? My good neighbors will no doubt be scarred for life. Who wants to lose that kind of money?
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Leland, if you are a Ruby Hill property owner, perhaps you can enlighten us as to why it is apparently not uncommon for owners to leave tens of thousands of dollars of jewelry unsecured or unhidden in their houses? I think that sympathy for robbery victims in this case is tempered by thoughts that much of these losses could have prevented if the owners had taken a bit more care to secure such valuable and easily pawned goods. Furthermore, successful robberies like this only encourage more robberies, so I think that there is also the sentiment that all Pleasanton residents are under increased risk of home robbery when preventable home robberies like this occur.
I have nothing but sympathy for home owners who are victims of unpreventable home robberies. But when a home robbery like this occurs in which it appears that the losses could have been greatly reduced if a bit more homeowner care had been taken, then I get a bit upset at the homeowner for putting is all at increased risk of home robbery.
Posted by JC, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm
I can understand the skepticism and cynicism. Knowing only the facts that have been presented in the article, here are my thoughts. I think the manned security entrance and being "inside the gates" gives some residents a false sense of security. That may be why they didn't bother with turning on the alarm. Also, my first thought was that this house was targeted - perhaps someone knew that the homeowners would be gone for that many days. Maybe the thieves didn't know in advance the magnitude of the valuables inside the house, and just ended up getting very lucky. Anyways, if this happened as reported, I feel really sad for the homeowners. Items can be replaced, but a violated peace of mind and sense of home cannot be so easily repaired.
Posted by Leland, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2011 at 6:58 am
I personally tend to leave a lot of jewels laying around the house because it impresses the kind of people I bring to the house. They don't know the difference between a Ph.D. certificate up on the wall from Stanford vs. one from U of Alabama. But they do know the difference between a cubic zirconium and a Rolex. I'm always trying to impress them.
70,000 sounds about right. That's only a tiny fraction of my jewels, but it's what I use as maid- and yardworker- bait. I leave the jewels laying around to see if any of my workers fall to the temptation. When I catch them, I fire them and have them arrested. Doesn't everyone do this? I don't see how someone can run a household without the neighbor-impressing and nanny-trapping jewels being strewn about in an open manner.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:37 am
I am also a Ruby Hill resident (much less wealthier than you) and enjoy your humor. Whatever you do for a living, I hope you continue to be hugely successful, despite the Democrat's intent on spreading your wealth, mine, and everyone else who works (especially in the private sector) around.
Posted by Dan, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm
My teens already have told me about the details of this robbery. What a joke.
Yes apparently it was a fake. The wife is planning on leaving the husband and is slowly collecting her money on the side before serving him papers. Unfortunately she hired amateurs to do the job, thus the word is out even to the male teen community. Now it is clear how this was done even with security and neighbors around.
Posted by Blossom, a resident of the Stoneridge Orchards neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2011 at 5:52 am
Yep, I'm with Paul R. Some wayward teen decides to sneak into my house to steal my earings, I'm going to blow him away. He doesn't deserve to live. What's more important? His life or my earrings? The Founding Mothers and Fathers in the Declaration of Amendments gave us the right to defend our earrings against the wicked fourteen year-olds in our neighborhood.
Why can't that fourteen year old learn how to work, or marry into inherited money like I did?
Posted by Leland, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2011 at 7:51 am
Let's be clear. My neighbors don't risk doing something illegal for a mere 70 grand when there are so many legal ways to get that much through exploiting others.
I've got it on good authority that the 70 grand was simply chump change that had been left out to trap a housekeeper. You poor suckers who think someone on Ruby Hill would risk jail time for a mere 70 grand payoff are seriously deluded.
Posted by Alice, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm
I find it disturbing that so many people seem to be ok with another person being violated instead of being outraged that a crime was committed. The circumstances of a robbery are not for us to be speculating on. As for "Leland", I don't believe for a minute you live in Ruby HIll... your inflammatory statements are illogical and ridiculous.
Posted by Al B, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm
I am disturbed and embarrassed by calling the people making these comments my neighbors and my community. A crime against a person, whether they have $1 or $1,000,000 dollars, does not make it any less of a crime. Blaming the home owner is beyond ridiculous. How many times have you left the back door open, or your watch out, or the kids left their bikes in the front yard? Your home is your place of comfort; people get relaxed when they are comfortable, unfortunately thatís when bad people take advantage of the situation.
$70,000 is more than 2 years worth of income for me but I do not blame the homeowners for the crime. I am not hateful and jealous because they have more than me and that is how most of these comments come off. What happened to compassion and caring for your fellow neighbor? I guess society is not as evolved in Pleasanton as it is portrayed to be.
Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm
I wish this rag would great publicizing high value robberies - whether it's $1000 in Valley Trails, or $75,000 in Ruby Hills - it's basically an advertisement for criminals that there's some rich folk in P*town with a lot o' bling-bling to steal. With the new BART station at Stoneridge Mall and these announcements; you would think this city is staging a marketing campaign to attract thieves from the East Bay. How about we start publishing which businesses use alarm systems and which don't and pass a city wide ammendment against firearm ownership while we're at it?
Posted by crime is down, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm
"I wish this rag would great publicizing high value robberies - whether it's $1000 in Valley Trails, or $75,000 in Ruby Hills - it's basically an advertisement for criminals that there's some rich folk in P*town with a lot o' bling-bling to steal."
Promoting crime, even though crime is down, is the MO for all bay area police contract negotiations.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood, on Jul 26, 2011 at 6:06 am
As a recently arrived Texan and first-generation millionaire, I've devoted my life to accumulating more wealth so as to enter a community like Ruby Hill. I don't really care about the Ruby Hill household that got robbed. Fact is I haven't had time to care about anything other than my own tax rates. They're terrible don't you know?