Would-be robbers flee in two separate incidents

Both victims slightly injured, but with belongings intact

Police in Pleasanton are following up on two robbery attempts that occurred last week.

The first took place at about 8:40 p.m. last Wednesday near Macy's in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

According to Sgt. Jim Knox, a 22-year-old Pleasanton woman was walking toward her car when a red Volvo pulled up alongside her and the passenger, a Hispanic or white female adult in her early 20s, grabbed the victim's purse and dragged her on the ground alongside the car. The victim held on to her purse as the car drove toward the mall's ring road. Although the victim sustained abrasions to her right arm and hip, she did not let go of the purse and did not lose anything.

The second incident occurred at about 6:25 p.m. last Thursday. Officers were called to a fight in the parking lot of Caffino, a drive through coffee stand in the 6700 block of Santa Rita Road. The victim, a 23-year-old male, told police he was confronted by two suspects who demanded his car keys and wallet. The man fought off his attackers and was struck numerous times in the head and face but held on to his belongings. During the incident, the man shouted for help and the two suspects fled on foot.

One suspect is described as a white adult male in his mid 20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighing about 190 pounds. He was wearing a black knit cap and a black zippered sweatshirt.

The other suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, also in his mid 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing about 170 pounds. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt at the time of the attack.

The victim was left swollen and bruised but was otherwise unhurt.

Both cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information about either incident can call police at 931-5100.

Despite the two incidents in a single week, Knox said the number of robberies for 2010 is at about the same level as last year.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

Shoppers be wary of strangers around you!! The mall is always being cased by potential is the season for it to be worse than usual.

But be smart. If you are robbed, don't fight it and give the robber a reason to hurt you..just hand over the purse or bags, get away with your mind and body intact.

Try to memorize the license plate of the vehicle so the police can find them easily. Memorize a basic description of the people involved too.

Be safe, have a great holiday season.

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Posted by Elegant Ed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

As the old say goes, "you ain't seen nothin' yet".

When the new BART station opens the "other side of the hills" thugs are going to have a field day at Stoneridge.

Pleasanton should require Stoneridge to beef up their security, as the situation is out of hand even before the new BART station opens. Are we going to have to start escorting our wives, daughters, and grandmas to Stoneridge with armed guards? Perhaps its time for Californians to adopt Oklahoma and Florida style gun laws and have citizens start packing heat. And before you lefty loons start howling over that idea, keep in mind that crime DROPPED in those states when those states allowed packin' the heat.

Is the Hippie Mayor doing anything about this increase in robberies, or is she too busy positioning herself for a run a Congress?

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Posted by They won't need to pay BARTD Both ways
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm

They won't need to pay BARTD both ways, because they can steal a car here.
That's what thieves did in Orinda, where they entered a home thru the garage.
Unfortunately the lady was home, and they assaulted and killed her.
Most robberies are never solved, but because of the murder the these were caught with the stolen car in Oakland.

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