Oakland man arrested for commercial burglaries

Identification of suspect made possible by high-quality surveillance cameras

An Oakland man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglary-related charges for three separate incidents.

On Jan. 5, police responded to three commercial burglaries that occurred in two separate office buildings within the city.

According to police, surveillance cameras captured the same man -- later identified as 52-year-old Martin Monroe -- entering areas of both buildings that only employees were allowed access.

At one business, Monroe gained access to secured areas of the building by allegedly "piggy-backing" employees who used access cards to enter locked doors. Once inside, police allege Monroe stole wallets and other valuable from unattended offices during regular business hours.

Pleasanton police detectives arrested Monroe on Thursday as he exited the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

Police reports said detectives determined Monroe had recently been arrested for burglary and was out on $100,000 bail when he committed these crimes.

Monroe was booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for suspected commercial burglary and committing a felony while released on bail for a previous felony.

Anyone with additional information regarding the burglaries cal call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.


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