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on Oct 19, 2012
C'mon Weekly. Every time jewelry of a sensational value is stolen its the lead story. Might as well take out an article in the Oakland Tribune and state, "Attention urban thugs-people in Pleasanton keep tens of thousands of jewelry in their homes. It's worth the gas money to go robbing.
The ATM story should have been first because it has a happy ending. Would have been happier if the assailant would have been made good.
Speaking of the ATM incident-how's that Bart station by the mall working out? Is it still the Weekly's standard response that crime has not increased even though police and people's eyes and ears know differently?
Mr. Tell, the story isn't complete. Much of the stolen property was found in a home in one of our neighboring towns. Still not BART.
Keep looking Mr. Tell. Someday a criminal will come to Pleasanton, rob us and escape via BART.
I feel sorry for the people that had their homes broken into. We had ours broken into several years ago. I had some jewelry stolen that was not as expensive but it was very sentimental to me. In the whole scheme of life, it is OK but it is still sad to lose things that special people (grandparents) presented you.
I don't think that it is a news flash that there are homes in Pleasanton that have alot of valuables in them. I also doubt that the people that stole all of this stuff took it home on the Bart. I would guess they drove.
I agree with William Tell about it is not exactly prudent that the PW be trumpeting the details.
Also, people need to think twice about investing in expensive jewelry and wearing it in public. Years ago a Pleasanton family was robbed as they arrived at their home after driving back from a function in Oakland. The thing that drew the thieves attention was the Rolex watches and jewelry they were wearing. The perps followed them from Oakland to their home in Pleasanton. I know that incident prompted some Pleasantonians to even quit wearing their fake Rolex watches they had bought in Asia. Getting whacked in the head or killed for wearing a fake Rolex is even more disturbing than for wearing a real one!
If the story isn't complete why isn't it Mr. Wohltmann? Kathleen if you know more I would think the reporter that wrote this should know more about it too. That kind of followup helps people from jumping to conclusions as to who did it.
While Mr. Tell may be jumping to conclusions it is obvious that crime has risen around the mall in the last year or two just from the stories in this paper. Wasn't there some big chase out of there earlier this year back towards Castro Valley or Hayward? Oh and regarding crooks taking BART back, I kind of doubt that, but I bet there are a few cars stolen from the mall.
And interestingly enough Club Ne(**)o again continues to bring more crime to Pleasanton. Maybe the disc jockeys will stop "spinning" there when word gets out their equipment will get stolen by the thug club's clientele in the parking lot. At least we're not violating "dey civil rights" by shutting it down.
We decided to put the $52,000 jewelry theft first because it was an avoidable crime. I continue to hope that people will get the message to lock their garage doors.
Ms. Ruegsegger is correct about some details but incorrect about some of the particulars. Beyond that, I've been asked to not include additional details, even when they are available, if there is an impending arrest.
There was little additional information about the would-be holdup man, which is why it was placed third.
Regarding crime and BART, you're welcome to check with the police department. The department consistently says there's no statistical evidence to show any increase in crime -- except at the mall -- due to BART.
Now come on, why do you have a problem with redistribution, you voted for it.
Mr. Wohltmann-I don't agree with you that the victim should be publicly shamed that they invited robbery by leaving a garage door open. I guess given your line if thinking we should get the message out to all the women in town that they should wear a hijab and not consume alcohol in the presence of men, otherwise they are inviting rape or sexual assault. And that could be avoided. As for the statistical evidence in no increased Bart crime-live your caveat "except for the mall." That's what most people care about.
I think William Tell's got it right! I always agree with him.
What gets me is the fact that the PW doesn't divulge the
descriptions. WHY? How do we know who and what to look for?
Gone are the days of trusting people in Ptown. Every outsider is
suspect. TruDat!...as 'they' say.
Cubic zirconium? Seems high risk for little reward.
Ptown said: "I think William Tell's got it right! I always agree with him."
I think that "William Tell" is just playing for laughs with his posts and I don't take them seriously. I'm surprised that Mr. Wohltmann even bothered to respond.
As for "Westside", it's "cubic zirconia" not "cubic zirconium". Zirconia is a transparent metal oxide. Zirconium is a shiny metal.
How come anybody is crowing about costume jewelry?
PW, Are you referring to the side door of garages that require a key in a deadbolt, or the garage door that opens for your car? The thieves may be watching kids walk home by themselves and enter the side door of garages and leave them open (?)
Anyone interested in having a dialog about our coverage of crime is invited to Pleasanton Weekly Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Gene's Fine Foods, 2803 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.
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