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Man robbed at gunpoint in Stoneridge Mall parking lot

Original post made on Jan 5, 2009

Pleasanton police reported that a man was robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot at Stoneridge Shopping Center Sunday evening, making it the second parking lot robbery to have occurred there in a month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 5, 2009, 5:35 AM


Posted by Concerned, a resident of Avila
on Jan 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

This is very disturbing... the economy is so bad that people are resorting more to stealing than ever...

Posted by "progress", a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:03 am

Get ready for more of this...Just wait till the new BART station is complete...

Posted by Alert, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

This is a horrible crime. We all can loose focus carrying on with our day to day routines. While traveling to or from Stoneridge, please stay alert and aware of your surroundings. It's very dangerous this time of year, no matter where you are.

Posted by PJ, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2009 at 12:09 am


It seems you have more information than what was reported in the story. Somehow, you know the background and motive.

Please do as the story says and contact the police with information regarding this case of armed robbery.

Posted by MF Horn, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jan 6, 2009 at 11:23 am

The excuse "the economy is so bad, people are resorting to stealing more than ever" is pretty lame. Whether the economy is in the tank or sky-high, there will always be those who think the Stoneridge Mall parking lot is ripe for the picking.

Posted by Actual Factual, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jan 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm

The FACT is that when the economy is down crime rates go up. It's not an "excuse" it is just that, a FACT !!! If you don't believe me look it up. Do your research. Then comment.

Posted by John Williams, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm

One controversial way of combating this kind of crime is to install surveillance cameras. The technology is getting cheaper, dirt cheap, in fact.

Posted by PJ, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Crime in Pleasanton hasn't gone up:

Police: Data shows little to no increase in criminal activity. Statistics rate Pleasanton as one of the safest communities in California
Web Link

Posted by actfact, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Jan 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm

please show me some data about crime rates in the last six months when the economy actually took a dive. you are probably looking at data from 2007.

Posted by PJ, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2009 at 7:26 pm


I provided a link in my post above yours.

Here's a quote from that October 28, 2008 (about 2 months ago) article:
"Sgt. Jim Knox said that there has been one less robbery year-to-date since this time last year and aggravated assaults are up slightly, but it's not a significant jump."

Also please help yourself to information as well by calling the Pleasanton Police Department and asking for specific time frames and crime stats.

I believe you would ask for a community resource officer (or some similar title).

Per request, a couple of them came to our neighborhood meeting with stats and information that helped put things in perspective.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2009 at 9:36 am

Be aware. My wallet was stolen from my purse while I dined at Elephant Bar. I did see it on survelliance after the fact, for all the good it did.

Posted by Nancy Freedom, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2009 at 9:47 am

Never mind cameras in that large parking lot. I'd want a live, well-trained security officer patrolling it before I shopped there. I'm a retiree on fixed income with osteoporosis who can neither afford to be thrown to the ground or robbed. I shop in or near Downtown in daylight, or by Internet.

Posted by Yikers, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 7, 2009 at 10:46 am

Hey Actual Factual,

Ever notice how the crime rate in Oakland just keeps climbing, no matter what the economy is doing.

The person that referenced BART hit it on the head. More folks from over the hill in our beloved Pleasanton is never a good thing. And while we are at it, if someone could keep all the schmucks from Livermore and all places east from cutting through my town, I would really flippin appreciate it!


Posted by actfact, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I think we should erect a 10ft fence all the way around Pleasanton to keep everyone out. This is ridiculous,its a free country people should be able to travel wherever they please whenever they please. I think it is very closed minded of you to assume all of the crime comes from "over the hill". Do I have to remind you of the two unsolved murders at castlewood country club, which is two more murders than Castro Valley (you know, the other side of the hill).

Posted by Mike, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Remember the LA riots? No police? there will be more of these incidents, and when the government stops handing out welfare, where do you think all these oaklanders are headed??? Over the hill to the wealthiest area perhaps in the state, just across the hill!

Be prepared to defend yourselves and your homes.

Posted by Larry, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Pleasanton, the wealthiest area in the state? please I think you had one too many wine coolers. Oakland is the way it is because people are afraid to integrate. please continue to think this is 1955 and things will never change

Posted by Carol, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm

As a retired Supervisor with Civil Service and possessing a vast knowledge and experience of all Social Service and Welfare Programs, I say don't kid yourself. There will always be welfare and those recipients will always get their's before you get yours Unfortunately, that is how the system works. Although there are far more people on welfare in Oakland (larger population and different economics), there are people living in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton collecting welfare along with low income or section 8 housing. Originally, The system was designed to only be a helping hand and not a continuous hand out.

Posted by mall shopper, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 7, 2009 at 7:12 pm

There IS mall security. They do ride around the parking lot consistently, however, cant be everywhere at once. If you are concerned about walking to your vehicle alone, find a security guard in the mall (there is a security office on the second floor, down the hall near JC Penney), and ask them for an escort to your vehicle.

Posted by justin, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm

hey mike
I think we all remember the riots and when the looting spilled over into Beverly Hills

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

I'm curious as to how people would be reacting if there was no slump in our economy- funny how people can put blame on something. I'd have to agree with actfact that it's closed minded to think all of the towns crime comes from "over the hill"- meaning west of Pleasanton. Are people forgetting that there is San Ramon, Danville, Dublin? These towns all have wealthy areas too. As for the BART comment, think about it. "O Hey, I'm going to take BART to the far east bay, rob a car, and then ride BART home." Hmmm, then again people are dumb enough so we never know. As another response said, if you feel worried about walking to your car, go find a security guard. It's a mall- malls all over America have people mugging others. Maybe we should pick Stoneridge up and drop it off on the other side of 680.

My mom works at Macy's and was working that night. I'll have to find out if she knows any details (probably nothing more than we've already heard).

Posted by Harry, a resident of Nolan Farms
on Jan 8, 2009 at 6:57 am

It seems that the people of pleasanton all live in a bubble

Posted by Bud, a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Did anyone see the riots in Oakland, Be prepared they are heading this way.

Posted by Bud, a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm

The guy who was jumping on the police car was wearing a Foothill HS sweatshirt

Posted by Syndilu25, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Stoneridge mall is the closest mall to my house and I shop there, but only when I have to. Since hearing about the numerous robberies that have been taking place in the Dublin/Pleasanton area over the last several months I am very cautious when exiting my car or leaving a store/parking lot. I was in the area last night and had to pick a few things up. My son and I noticed a white mini-truck w/ black tinted windows hovering around the Nordstrom main entrance where I was parking. As soon as I parked the truck pulled up behind me as if they were waiting for us to get out of the car. Instead I backed up and drove off. The truck didn't move. As I got to the main road I looked back and saw the truck speed away out of the parking lot. I don't know if they were dangerous or not but I wasn't going to take any chances. It was just a gut feeling. I ended up driving to another entrance and parked. Then proceeded to the security office to report the suspicious truck. I won't be shopping there again unless I absolutely have to. Be aware and be safe.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jan 8, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Don't hesitate to take a cellphone picture of suspicious vehicles/people. That's their best use!! Use a real camera for the grandkids.

Or... you could even call 911 and ask them to respond and investigate the suspicious vehicle. 911 could also call mall security for you and ask them to check it out.

A report.. after they've gone.. about a white mini-truck is as useful and describing a shadow you saw at 3:30.


Posted by PJ, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm

C'mon Pleasanton Weekly, it's been hours since the prankster's posts. You haven't figured it out? You don't find posts by the NAMES Harry [portion removed] and then by Bud [portion removed] objectionable? Do I have to spell it out to you? Jeez.

Posted by PJ, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2009 at 8:08 am

Looks Better. Good Job PW.

Posted by mac, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2009 at 11:16 am

I find it interesting that the crime statistics posted by the PD are in conflict with the information they share. They have attended local neighborhood watch groups as well as presentations made at the station and the word is that crime centered around the mall and the bart *is* up. They say many towns with affluent people are feeling it for obvious reasons. If someone needs/wants to steal, you tend to pick a place worth stealing from...where the pickins are good.

Makes sense.

Posted by Where's Mall Security, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Maybe if the mall security was more worried about actual security than hitting on chicks who want nothing to do with them, we could eliminate some of this.

Please remember, you are mall security, not the Delta Force. Stop acting so tough and do your job.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 12, 2009 at 1:36 pm

It would be nice to give a description of the gunman...and the approximate time this took place and what store it was in front of all at the same time of publication on this site.

Posted by Details?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

I heard from someone who was at the mall last evening (Tues. 1/13) that there was a big commotion near the Sears parking lot - something about two guys running with a bag full of jewelry from one of the stores going out of business, but that they were stopped by the mall security. If so, great job on the part of security to catch them before they left the premises. Any details on this, Pleasanton Weekly reporters?

Posted by Details?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Still haven't seen a peep about this incident. Seems that it would have made some news, considering the number of mall security vehicles that were involved, from what I heard.

Posted by Support Mall Security, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I know, from a credible source that this robbery actually occurred just a mear 2-5 feet on the mall property. Guess since it technically happend there, the mall security get bashed.I think thats bull. Another 2-5 feet and it would have happened on another property...then THEY would be shunned. Point is here, a robbery occurred and it sucks but theres no sense in pointing fingers and blaming others.

Posted by Security Officers, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Yea...they have a tough job as it is...believe me, I know they do the best they can. Theres always someone out there who is never happy enough!