Police net closing on local burglar

Suspect wanted for break-ins near Sports Park

Police said they're closing in on a local man believed to have committed at least five burglaries at Pleasanton homes.

Officers in the Birdland area spotted a man Tuesday morning that matches the description of a suspect, according to Sgt. Michael Collins.

That officer lost sight of the man, but another officer spotted him apparently prowling the yard of a home on the edge of Sutter Gate Avenue. When that officer approached, the man fled, jumping fences behind homes along Jones Gate Court.

"We ended up getting a perimeter set up very quickly. We had a fast response from East Bay Regional Parks -- their helicopter is called Eagle One," Collins said. "They were here in a very short time. We had two K-9 officers searching around homes."

Despite that, the man slipped away, leaving police to think he made it inside his home, somewhere near the Sports Park.

Collins said the man is suspected in a number of daytime burglaries, stealing jewelry and sometimes using ladders found near homes to gain access to second-story windows. He said at least one incident occurred on a Saturday, at a time when people are usually home.

Witnesses have given slightly different descriptions of the man, but Collins said police are making progress.

"We're honing in on what his guy looks like," he said. "Slowly but surely, we're putting together the picture of who this guy is and we're narrowing our scope."

Collins described the man as a white young adult, somewhere in his 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pleasanton police at 931-5100.


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Posted by Marylou
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thank you for the report. WE will very near there and that is scary. We didn't even know about this going on. I woulnd't be surprised if this kid just gets a kick out of doing this and doesn't really need the stuff or the money that he can get for it! I bet his parents are oblivious too.

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Posted by Strange comment
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

Why do you say things like that? You have no idea and you're just going on, like so many on this blog, about things you have no business commenting on! Take the info, lock your house up, keep your eyes open so you can be helpful. Stop being so judgmental!!

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Posted by whocares
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

I think Marylou just might BE the 'local burgler'.

...."We will very near there"
...."I woulnd't"

Too funny.....

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Posted by coming_soon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

I went to HS with that kid - he's really a good guy - just hung out with the wrong crowd.

I'm his neighbor... I don't think it could possibly him - he used to rake my lawn.

He's always been misunderstood - but he's a great guy - I hope he gets the help he needs.

Sorry - just pre-filling some of the comments that will come out when the *criminal* is identified.

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Posted by Al Dente
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Was he driving a black bmw suv?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

and horror of horrors -- rumor has it that those sneaky cops were using an undercover vehicle in the process of finding this guy! OMG, that must be unconstitutional or something! The nerve of our PD to trick us by trying to be undercover and solve crimes. And yeah, if you are going 50 in a 25 you will even get a ticket.

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Posted by Jessie
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

What these crooks don't realize is that it's just not the crime itself that's bad. It's the psychological impact on the victims that could take a toll (i.e., kids afraid to sleep in their beds because they are afraid this person will come back, feeling so violated that someone took your belongings, etc.). I think we should pass a law like the middle eastern countries - if these losers are caught we chop off their hands! Word to people who do WILL get caught.

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Posted by Serial Criminals
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Most people are honest, but:

He probably committed more crimes than they have linked to him, yet.
Anyone who has had their home entered, or has been robbed should call the police.
Anyone with a camera record of anything suspicious also.

Someone said they went to school with him. You'd be doing all of us, and him a favor if he gets caught and gets help before this gets worse.

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