Police release photo of car used in daytime burglary

At-home resident foiled break in, called police

Pleasanton police have released a photo of the car used by burglars fleeing from a daytime break-in Monday morning and was last seen speeding toward Interstate 680.

The attempted burglary was interrupted by the resident and was one of three daytime burglaries that occurred over the last week, with at least two committed by the same team, according to police reports. However, a surveillance camera picked up a shot of the car, which has now been released to the media.

A man was at his home in the 8000 block of Regency Drive at about 11:35 a.m. when he heard his doorbell ring. He chose not to answer the door, but moments later, spotted a man trying to enter the home by forcing open a sliding window on the side yard.

"Upon being seen by the resident, the would-be burglar fled to the street and into an awaiting black, four-door sedan with two occupants," according to a news release. "The vehicle sped out of the Laguna Oaks development toward Foothill Road."

The homeowner called Pleasanton Police Department to report the incident, and as officers were headed to the scene a driver turning onto Stoneridge Drive from Foothill Road saw the occupants of a black sedan throwing several items out of their car.

The driver lost sight of the car near I-680 but drove to the Pleasanton Police Department to report what she had seen. Officers who recovered the discarded property on Stoneridge Drive found miscellaneous items showing an address in the 800 block of Hopkins Way. When police went to that residence, they discovered the home had been broken into and ransacked.

Witnesses described the suspect vehicle in the two cases as being similar to a Cadillac DTS, with gold trim. The suspects are described as one Hispanic male and two black males, all in their mid-20s.

The victim in the Hopkins Way burglary is still compiling a list of what was stolen from her home.

A daytime burglary March 23 in the 3600 block of Annis Circle netted nearly $9,000 in cash and coins. Stolen was $6,600 cash, plus about $1,500 in coins, a large plastic Budweiser bottle containing about $500 in mixed cash and a Playstation 3 valued at $200. The burglary took place between 12:30 and 2:43 p.m. Entry was gained by forcing open a sliding glass door.

The investigations are ongoing. Witnesses and others with information on the suspects and their vehicle are urged to contact the Police Department at 931-5100.

Police are also reminding residents to watch for burglars, who will often check to see if a home is occupied by ringing the doorbell. If no one answers, these criminals feel comfortable entering the side or rear yards to look for access into the home.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Definitely not a Honda. Looks like a Cadillac or a Chrysler.

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Posted by Frank
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I sure hope the police realize this isn't a Honda or a Lexus. It's Cadillac Deville rolling on 22s. Should be easy to find that thing if you know where to look.

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Posted by James
a resident of Danville
on Mar 31, 2012 at 8:15 am

That is NOT a Honda or Lexus... That is a Cadillac!!! If you are not sure of what kind of car you saw, don't guess! That will send people on a wild goose chase for the wrong car. Just admit that you don't know.

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Posted by no trespassing
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

Okay - you guys are reminding me of "My Cousin Vinny" - I love it! And you are so right - don't guess on the make/model - we can't afford wild goose chases these days.

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Posted by Cadillac owner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I don't think it looks like a Cadillac..I own one. I'd say it's a BMW.

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Posted by chico
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

It appears to be a 2011 Cadillac DTS. Note the side ports aft of the front wheels. Also, the rear view pictures of the car that I have seen have vertical tail lights, consistent with the Cadillac DTS. This information was passed on to the Pleasanton police department on the day of the attempted burglary.

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Posted by Bat Guano
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

Alright, who is responsible for shoddy work, the Pleasanton Police or the Pleasanton Weekly?

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Posted by Randy
a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

Yep a Cadillac in this picture, but the witnesses describe it as a Lexus or Honda. Something is wrong with the investigation if the cops can't even ID what the make is from the picture. You can see the Cadillac emblem on the grill, Frank has it right, very obvious.

Why is it a week later those of us in the neighborhood are just seeing the info? This is all the more reason for the police to have a local community alert system that will text or email you this info like the cities in the west bay have.

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Posted by Cereal Robbers
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

These are serial thieves. Bad guys, NOT breakfast food. Catching them will probably solve lots of robberies, and prevent countless more. Couldn't be that many 2011 Cadillac DTS's registered in this part of the state.
Maybe our police could look into this?
OR Maybe a good reporter could also, help, and get a scoop?

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Posted by gary
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

dear Cadillac owner...definitely NOT a BMW...I too believe it is a Cadillac, but wish my grandson was here, he would know without question!! The consensus has it right though, it is pretty clearly a Caddy, and it is a little strange & troublesome that the Police cannot verify this fact. Maybe they can by now...hopefully.

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Posted by I love the smell of brewing tea in the morning
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

Naturally the police got it wrong. What would you expect from a unionized work force? And the media got it wrong too, but that's because they're all liberal, so when they're not lying they're getting everything wrong as they always are about everything.

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Posted by Vinny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Massive C Pillar, boxy rear end, square-ish front end with (duh!) CADILLAC emblem clearly visible on front grill. Looks like a 2004-2009 Cadillac DTS. Hey Pleasanton Weekly & Police, please revise your search criteria.

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Posted by WOW
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

What a break! They released a photo of a car that is nowhere near a Lexus or Honda. Maybe it was a Pinto! This is just embarassing.

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Posted by ***
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

There are sketches of the burglars on the Pleasanton Patch.. at least we can be on the lookout for this dynamic door-to-door duo in our neighborhoods..

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Posted by ***
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

The Weekly didn't update the story.. Pleasanton PD is aware the photographed vehicle is a Cadillac.. as of March 30
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