Stolen van used to crash through liquor store in attempt to grab ATM machine

Suspects flee pursuing Pleasanton police on I-580, still at large

Pleasanton police are seeking three suspects who backed a stolen van into the Food & Beverage store at Gibraltar and Stoneridge drives Saturday and tried to remove an ATM machine from inside, then eluded police who followed the van as it fled the area.

Shortly before 6 a.m., a resident heard a loud crash and saw a white Ford van had backed into the glass front doors of the store, located at 5696 Stoneridge Drive, police said.

Officers responded and saw the van leaving the area. A pursuit ensued, and the van eventually went onto westbound Interstate Highway 580. The van exited the highway at Eden Canyon Road in unincorporated Castro Valley and then drove the wrong way up the eastbound off-ramp, according to police.

The officers did not follow the van up the off-ramp, and minutes later California Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff's deputies found the van empty on the side of the highway. Authorities with a K-9 searched the area but did not find the suspects.

Investigators later determined the van was stolen from a nearby child care facility and was backed through the glass doors of the store to gain access to the business, police said. The suspects tied a rope around the ATM machine inside the store and tried to remove it by pulling the rope with the van. The machine was damaged but the suspects were unable to take money from it.

"They didn't get very far. It was bolted to the ground," said Lt. Jeff Bretzing.

Nothing else was taken from the store, according to police.

Descriptions were obtained for two of the suspects but not the driver. One of the suspects is described as a white man who is between 35 and 40 years old, is heavy set with a mustache, and was wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, and black and white shoes, police said. The second suspect was a man, possibly of Asian descent, who was wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt, brown jacket, and a camouflage cap.

Police ask anyone with additional information to contact them at 931-5100.

Bretzing said police also hope to obtain further information from the digital surveillance camera at the store.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2010 at 9:06 am

I heard on the radio that the money for an ATM is actually stored undeground under the machine. That was why they didn't get the money. Is it really true that the ATM funds are under the machine, not in it?

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Posted by joanna
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

The news said that there was over $50,000. of damage to the store, and that there is no more than $2,000. stored in the ATM machine.
All that risk and destruction for nothing.
Stupid crooks--hope they get caught.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

2 to 1 odds that they were from Oakland, Hayward, Richmond or in the words of the immortal cholo tee hee hee.

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Posted by Correction
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

The radio was incorrect

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:01 am that's desperation...

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Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

How did they 'elude' the police?

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