Cops nab bike-riding car burglar

Former resident caught with stolen gift cards

A former Pleasanton man faces charges after an alert resident called 9-1-1 to report a prowler near his car.

Anthony Dicorti, 26, was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Dec. 6 after a resident in the 2600 block of Meadowlark Drive called police to say he was watching a man on a bicycle looking into his car, police said.

The caller told police he saw the man trying to open the doors of his car, which was parked in his driveway. Police were on the scene within 30 seconds, and approached Dicorti, who was then stopped in front of another home.

Dicorti told police he was "out for a ride because he couldn't sleep." However, the resident who called police, at 2:22 a.m., was able to provide recorded video of Dicorti looking into vehicles. He was found to be in possession of five gift cards and when officers contacted those at the second house, they told police their vehicle had been broken into and that several gift cards were missing.

The residents gave officers a description of the cards, which matched those in Dicorti's pocket, police said.

Dicorti was arrested on charges of prowling and possession of stolen property. He has a lengthy record for burglary, theft, drugs and assault, police said.

Police say it's important to recognize that this thief was captured not only because of a fast and effective police response but also in large part due to an alert resident that alerted officers to suspicious activity in his neighborhood.

Among recent auto burglaries was the theft of a new $2,500 bridal ring set in its box stolen Dec. 1 from a vehicle parked in the Safeway Corporate parking lot, a police report said. The theft took place between 12:50 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.; a lock punch was used to gain access.

Around the same time, a $750 car stereo, $500 speaker and $150 amplifier were stolen nearby. That theft took place between 2:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. in the Stoneridge Mall parking lot; a window was broken to gain entry.

Items valued at more than $1,000 were stolen in an auto burglary on Andrews Avenue between 10 p.m. Dec. 1 and 9 a.m. Dec. 2. Taken were a $400 woman's coat, $325 gold watch, $300 men's sunglasses, $250 prescription glasses, woman's Gucci sunglasses and $25 in cash.

A $600 Apple iPhone was stolen Nov. 30 from a vehicle in the parking lot at ClubSport. Also taken was a $200 purse, $200 makeup in an Ed Hardy bag, $100 cash and a $50 gift card.

Police remind residents to remove all valuables from their vehicles, to lock all doors and close windows. Additional crime prevention tips are available from the Crime Prevention Unit at 931-5233.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

I'm glad the suspect was caught, but check out the list of things stolen! I can't believe there are so many idiots out there who leave valuables inside their car. Do they REALLY think it's safe? Apparently so! Maybe they'll learn now (nah, probably not).

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

Quit blaming the victims of crime.

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Posted by victims_voice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

In case you haven't noticed there's been a big spike in auto burglary (theft from vehicle) throughout the East Bay and Pleasanton included. I suspect that other types or theft crimes are trending up as well both due to the economy and holiday time.

I know there is very little sympathy in most cases for those who leave their doors unlocked but it can happen to the best of us. Me and my wife are extremely security conscious, and I'm bordering on paranoid, and yet it happened to us 2 weeks ago. Somehow accidentally my wife left her car doors unlocked - either it was because she was juggling grocery bags or papers/etc from work and could not hit the button and then later forgot - or pressed it but not well enough or whatever, she left the doors unlocked.

Just before 2am a car quickly pulled up in front of the house, passenger emerged, and very calmly checked each car to see if it would open by the handle. Jackpot. No big score by any means but nevertheless - he got what he could in under 2 minutes and then moved on presumably to the neighbors. Maybe 1 in 20 or 1 in 50 or even 1 in a hundred will be open due to laziness, carelessness, forgetfulness, or whatever. It's a numbers game.

I have this incident recorded on very clear HD video and have turned it over to the PPD along with a report. Double-triple clicking the lock buttons now.

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Posted by victim advocate
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I followed up on this story, the suspect in question was found to have pot on him and was trying to make a delivery of said pot to a car. He ended up dropping it at the wrong car. As for the gift cards, interestingly enough, it turns out the cops lied as to where they found them. There was no second house, and the suspect presented receipts for the gift certificates in court. This article is basically slander; it would be wise for everyone to read up on some actual facts (not some hack job news story gleaned from a police blotter in a small town) before we actually pass judgements on DiCorti (suspect)...

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