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Two arrested in daytime break-in attempt in Pleasanton

One was on parole for earlier burglary charges

Two incidents in one day have prompted Pleasanton police to ask local residents to keep an eye out for suspicious people.

The latest happened around 12:40 p.m. Thursday when a woman near Laurel Creek and Blessing Drive on the city's northwest side spotted a Silver Acura with a male driver and female passenger acting suspiciously. Police said the woman saw the passenger get out and knock on doors in an apparent attempt to find out if someone was home.

She called police, who stopped the car to learn it was stolen from a house in Oakland, which had been burglarized. The driver, 20-year-old Hayward resident Loren Campbell, was on parole for burglary. The female passenger, a 16-year-old from Oakland, was not identified because of her age.

Both suspects were arrested and were picked up later by Oakland police.

Pleasanton police Lt. Jeff Bretzing said the incident underscores the need for people to watch out for both their own homes and those of their neighbors. He said daytime burglaries are a growing problem.

"These individuals will knock on residents' doors, and when there's no answer, they'll attempt to enter, either through the front door or around the back," Bretzing said. "What's disconcerting is that this is happening when people are in their homes."

He said often people won't answer the door when it's someone they don't know, and that can lead to a break-in. Bretzing said the best approach is for a person to announce that he or she is home, but that they're not going to answer the door.

Bretzing said people shouldn't hesitate to pick up the phone right away.

"We want people to always call in suspicious activities," Bretzing said. "We've solved a tremendous amount of crimes based on information we've received from residents in a community."

The incident in Pleasanton was the second that day. Earlier in San Ramon, three teens were arrested after similar suspicious activities, knocking on doors and ringing doorbells to see if anyone was home. Two of the three had escaped from a juvenile justice facility in San Joachim and stolen a car in Tracy. San Ramon police stopped the stolen car and later arrested the other two, who were hiding inside Target. The store was evacuated at about 8:30 a.m. and the teens were found and arrested.

There are neighborhood watch groups in different areas of Pleasanton and, Bretzing said, anyone interested in setting up a new group should call the Police Department at 931-5100.

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Posted by N R A 4EVER
a resident of West of Foothill
on May 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

NO THE BEST THING TO DO IS STAY IN THE HOUSE, SAY NOTHING, AND WAIT . WALK TO YOUR ALREADY LOADED, CALIFORNIA LEGAL FIREARM AND IF SOMEONE BREAKS INTO YOUR HOME, THREATENS YOU OR YOUR FAMILYS SAFTY, MAKES YOU FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE, TAKE CAREFUL AIM AND END THE FELONY.


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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

Hahaha! Good one N R A 4EVER! Love it!

It is important though to start or join a Neighborhood Watch program. And call into the PPD ANY and ALL suspicous persons or activities.

Don't open your door - you can speak to someone through the window.


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Posted by Are you kidding me
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Even if someone didn't answer their door, who's to say they weren't at home. I never answer my door when a stranger is knocking. Try breaking into my house and see what happens.


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Posted by Mark094
a resident of Birdland
on May 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Great Job Pleasanton Police for catching these two crooks before they could commit more crime!!


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Posted by armed resident
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I agree with not answering the door for strangers. That's why security screen doors help. California has laws for shooting stupid stupid people that breaks into houses. You should check with a attorney or Massad Ayoob about written and case laws in your county. That's why my 12 gauge the first 2 rounds are bean bags followed by 00buck. So in a court of law you can tell the judge and jury I tried less lethal but he kept on coming because if the bad guy doesn't have a weapon you can be in BIG BIG TROUBLE!!!!


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Posted by mark
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm

They are in your house and you fear for your live or anyone elses life in your home you shoot to kill, justifiable.


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Posted by Tommy
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

This same thing happened to my buddy in Tracy, I thought we were immune, good thing my dog is vicious.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jun 14, 2010 at 2:00 am

@ccwc

Starting a neighborhood watch program is a waste of time. Numerous studies and research has indicated they have no effect on crime within a given neighborhood. Just call the police if you see something suspicious.


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