Two nabbed in attempted Pleasanton break-in

Alert woman sees suspicious SUV, calls cops

Pleasanton police may have a break in a string of robberies over the last couple of weeks -- with the help of a local mom.

According to a police report, early Monday afternoon an alert Pleasanton woman noticed a suspicious dark-colored SUV outside her home on Brianne Court and called police. While the woman, who was alone with her 2-year-old daughter, was on the phone with a dispatcher, two men came to her front door and began knocking and repeatedly ringing the door bell.

With police already on their way, the woman discovered the men in her back yard and attempting to enter her home through a sliding glass door. The two men spotted her and drove off -- but not before she got their license plate number, which she quickly reported to police.

Officer Jarrod Yee saw the dark SUV near the woman's home and gave chase, following it onto Interstate 680 toward San Ramon; additional officers caught up and stopped the SUV at the Bollinger Canyon exit.

The two men, Terry Shumlai, 26, of Oakland and Pedro Contreras, 20, of San Leandro, were arrested for attempted burglary. In addition, Shumlai, who was on parole for earlier burglaries, was charged with parole violation. Both men were booked at Santa Rita Jail.

Police are commending the unnamed woman for stopping the men before they could commit other burglaries.

Pleasanton police have also made a second arrest in connection with an earlier investigation that led to charges against a Castro Valley man. That man, Peter Grgurevic III, 19, of Castro Valley was arrested Nov. 4 in a string of residential burglaries in northwest Pleasanton and in Castro Valley. Police said they'd tentatively identified 10 burglaries expected to tie Grgurevic to others as their investigation continues.

Sgt. Jim Knox said the investigation has led to the arrest of a second Castro Valley man. Jacob Jagoda, 20, faces charges of possession of stolen property.

The area has been hit by an unusual number of burglaries over the last few weeks. Between Nov. 8 and Nov. 21, there have been 20 burglaries and at least nine automotive burglaries.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

The Community's willingness to participate in reporting all suspicious behavior is essential in decreasing the crime and drug problem Pleasanton currently has.

It's serious!!

This town has become increasingly LAZY -on caring and participating in the safety of it's neighbors.

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Posted by Eddie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

Good for her. I had a situation yesterday where there was a suspicious man parked on our street shuffling around inside and outside his vehicle. He then proceeded to pull up about 30 yards and park in a red-zone, right in front of a fire hydrant. He fumbled around in his car some more then got out, put on a real long heavy coat and took off into the park. Thinking he was suspicious, I called the police department and gave them the vehicle make and model with license plate number and description of the person. Eventually two motorcycle patrol officers showed up, looked over the vehicle and proceeded to drive into the park, I assume looking for the man. Over an hour later the man came back hopped in his car after again fumbling around inside and outside and left. Whether the police ever found him in the park, I am not sure. But what puzzles me is why neither officer wrote up a ticket for parking in a red zone in front of a fire hydrant. Apparently a couple hundred dollars the city did not need.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Towne
on Nov 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

Kudos to the would be victim and our Pleasanton PD. These bums cut me off entering the freeway at Sunol Blvd. A Pleasanton officer came on 680 northbound at Bernal and quickly caught up to the suspects SUV. 3 Pleasanton PD backup vehicle joined the pursuit, followed the SUV to the Bollinger Canyon exit and arrested them. Nicely done.....

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Posted by Karla
a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

Our Pleasanton Police afficers are AWESOME! Thank you making Pleasanton the wonderfully safe town that it is!

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Posted by Most people are honest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

But a few repeat offenders commit multiple crimes.
great that they caught these guys.

Wonder if they can charge them, since they got stopped before they robbed or killed.

The important part is to call 911, whenever you see something suspicious.
Pleasanton police are awesome!
I reported a suspicious confrontive guy, got his vehicle license no.
Pleasanton Police came quickly took the info and left.
Months later I was asked if I would testify- turned out I didn't need to, but the guy was abusive toward the police, too, and got arrested, and charged.
One less bad guy loose. Awesome

Better get this posted before they close the thread!

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Posted by your neighbor
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 24, 2010 at 10:14 am

the auto thefts are all over town, and they are being down by highschool kids that are wearing RED - they are White - and they are druggies....... they usually steal after midnight - before 4am... the comment i heard the kids use... those are the crack heads at #### highschool. the local police are very SLOW to resolve anything!

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Posted by mark 094
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Nice work PPD! you took two more bad guys off the street and made our town safer. You all earned your pay again!

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