Armed men hold up Express Liquors on Pleasanton's First Street

Two men take cash, bolt in less than a minute

Pleasanton police are investigating an armed robbery Monday at Express Liquors in the 4300 block of First Street.

Two men brandishing handguns entered the store at about 6:58 a.m., according to police. The men, in their early to mid 20s, demanded money from the cash register and took the clerk's wallet and cell phone as well.

The holdup took less than a minute, police said, and the men fled west, away from First Street on foot. The pair vaulted a chain-link fence into the parking lot of the Firehouse Arts Center on Railroad Avenue, and police think the two got into a vehicle that left the scene.

Officers and detectives established a perimeter and searched the area without locating the men. Police have released photos from the store's surveillance system and have been collecting evidence at the scene.

No arrests have been made and the amount of money taken has not been disclosed.

Both men are described as having been of average build and height.

The first suspect is thought to be Caucasian or light-skinned Hispanic, according to police. At the time of the robbery, he wore a light gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and carried a dark-colored handgun.

The second suspect is a Hispanic male, according to police. During the robbery, he wore a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and carried a silver handgun.

No vehicle was seen.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Downtowner is a registered user.

Regarding the robbery, the Pleasanton PD sent out an emergency notification text message via Nixle... around 3 PM.

Look, the emergency notification thing is fine and useful (except for the time they sent out a message that some kid had crashed his skateboard in a cul-de-sac. Really?). But sending an alert about a liquor store robbery SEVEN HOURS after the crime occurred is just useless. Any help the public might offer in terms of catching the suspects is long gone, as is any reason to avoid the area due to a closed street or other danger. Really, that sort of alert needs to go out within 30 minutes, if at all.

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Posted by Crime is up
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:05 am

Just wait till the cheap housing comes to Pleasanton, there will be more and more of theses types of crimes. Do we really need an Express liquor store anyway? It is located down the street from where the planning commission rejected a 7-11 to avoid liquor sales and robberies on First Street!

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Posted by Republicrat
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2014 at 10:04 am

Why cant the low or moderate income housing be designated for city employees? I realize how nice it would be for a family in Oakland to escape the mayhem, but it never seems to work out that way. An city employee or teacher would make a far better neighbor

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Posted by CSU Alum
a resident of California Reflections
on Mar 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

Your grammatical incompetence and poor spelling makes it difficult to understand what point you're getting at, Republicrat. For example, just what are insinuating with your second sentence? You seem pretty confused. I trust whoever moves in won't be constantly mangling the English language, which will make them a real improvement over some of the uneducated types we currently have in our midst (as exemplified by Republicrat).

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

alum, when were you appointed site monitor for grammar and spelling? You also can't read between the lines, so maybe monitoring posts is not your forte. Taking the liberty of interpreting Republicrats statement, the inference is that low income housing has the potential to bring many people with poor habits and bad behavior into our area to potentially commit crimes like the topic of this story. The individuals trashing low income housing in Oakland will certainly not have an epiphany when relocating to Pleasanton and somehow become model citizens with excellent command of the English language, as you suggest (i.e-saying 'aks' instead of 'ask'). If this is your idea of 'real improvement', you need to come down out of the hills once in a while and see how the rest of us live. That would be 'educational'.

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