Suspected burglar Tasered, arrested on Meadowlark Circle

Homeowner calls police after spotting 59-year-old in home's backyard

Pleasanton police arrested a 59-year-old man for allegedly burglarizing a home after a resident reported seeing a suspicious person in a backyard Friday night, according to the Police Department.

Around 9 p.m., the resident called police when he saw a suspicious man in the 2300 block of Meadowlark Circle.

Percel Costello of Oakland ran away when officers confronted him, prompting a pursuit and one officer to deploy a Taser, police said.

Costello was not injured, but he was taken into custody without further incident, police said.

He had property from the home on him at the time, police said.

Police are commending the resident for reporting suspicious activity.

Bay City News,Jeb Bing


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Posted by MTM
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Apr 12, 2009 at 8:46 am

Think about all of the lovely home choices people will have once Stoneridge Extension is built!
Oh wait, I forgot, Stoneridge will only be used by Pleasanton residents.

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Posted by JK
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 12, 2009 at 9:17 am

Hit the nail on the head!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

The goon is BUSTED! hahahahahahhahhahahahahahahaha...

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2009 at 6:30 am

Neighborhood watch works if we all participate.
My next door neighbor is a hero and our whole neighborhood thanks you.
Just goes to show you what observant neighbors can do.
Pleasanton PD showed again why our town is tops with very immediate response and capture. Job well done.

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:28 am

Having lived in Pleasanton 24 years I continue to praise our police department on their quick response and professional work.

Living next to Valley Avenue I have never been burglarized. The extension of Stoneridge Drive may or may not bring an increase in criminal activity. It depends on the neighborhoods getting involved or not. More activity brings more sets of eyes to watch the bad guys like exampled above. You chose to live where you do with full disclosure that Stoneridge was built to go through to Livermore. I live with Valley Avenue, you will live with Stoneridge Drive or you will choose to move.

For me, the Pleasanton Police do their jobs very well and do the "dirty work" that we all cannot do or will not do. Support them. Neighbors can help by being observant, joining Neighborhood Watch Programs, and knowing their neighbors. These measures increase the prevention of two cents. I give it 5 minutes and someone will write an insulting gutless reply to my comments. Let's see.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:38 am

So don't build more homes because that increases crime? That makes sense! Let's tear down some homes and close a few businesses to reduce the current crime rate.

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Posted by ?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2009 at 9:48 am

Can anyone explain to me why the "stoneridge extension" will increase crime? I have heard that the new bart station could do that. But you people sound like you're referring to the stoneridge drive extension. Where will it increase? Are we really afraid of Livermore now?...............Livermore?
Thanks neighbor. I also try to be observant and compliment you on your actions. There is only a few police officers, but there are thousands of us "residents". We must help one another! Long Live Neighborhood Watch!

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 13, 2009 at 2:28 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

@ Scott Walsh: Well said! I bought into Stoneridge Park 12-13 years ago and fully expected Stoneridge to be extended through to Livermore years ago. Who of us thought we were moving into Ruby Hill???

@ ?: Some people want to delay the inevitable until their kids are in college. They have no basis for it, so they make stuff up and pay lawyers to argue about it. It's the American way...or so they think.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2009 at 2:40 pm

haha, watch out for those Livermoreites! They want to rob your stuff. The fine citizens of Pleasanton never commit any crimes.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Livermore? I thought the article said the guy was from Oakland?

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

By the way, our police know the difference between a taser and real gun!

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Posted by PTownResident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm

It's always a GREAT thing when any aware citizen of ANY city/neighborhood goes out of their way to call in what may be a possible crime, which was the case in the news report. It's not only unacceptable, but just wrong to start accusing others, even those from other cities with crime rates that are high, and assume "they" will be the ones who will victimize Pleasanton citizens. Although many might seem to come from outside of our city, I doubt we can claim Pleasanton DOESN'T have our own share of the kind of people who would rather steal from others without hesitating. The unfortunate thing is most aren't caught as this guy was. The reason why this criminal was apprehended was due to the diligence of watchful neighbors and the responsive Pleasanton police officers. We should focus our energy and effort to being as aware and proactive as all of those involved in bringing down that criminal, rather than directing false accusations toward neiboring cities.

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Posted by MTM
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Apr 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Next time you have a friendly conversation with a peace officer (or anyone with law enforcement experience), explain the extension to them and ask them if they think that
a.crime will go down
b.crime will remain the same
c.crime will go up
See what kind of answer you get.

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Posted by Rang my bell and ran
a resident of Danbury Park
on Apr 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Yesterday my doorbell rang, which set off the two dogs. They thing that's their job!

When I answered, I saw two teenage boys running away, looking back from about two houses over and laughing, and close to the house, one teenage girl in shorts. I held up my cellphone as if taking their picture.

How many others were affected?

How soon soon we call the police?

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