Woman suspect in Home Depot robbery arrested in Fairfield

Police searching for accomplice who drove car that injured security officer

Detectives from the Pleasanton Police Department's Criminal Investigations Unit arrested Ainslee Smith, 25, in Fairfield Tuesday, accusing her of being the woman identified in a Pleasanton Home Depot store video after several power tools were stolen.

Pleasanton Police Sergeant Kurt Schlehuber said a warrant also has been issued for the arrest of 21 year-old Steven Proctor of Danville. He has been identified as the driver of a gold Lexus that struck a Home Depot loss prevention agent in the store's parking lot during the robbery.

The Home Depot security officer was run down by the car as he tried to detain the woman who had just stolen several power tools. The woman then jumped into the vehicle and she and the driver drove away. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

Smith, of Walnut Creek, was seized after Pleasanton detectives received a call from agents from Home Depot's regional loss prevention office which was also investigating the robbery. The agents provided information of a similar crime that was committed at a the Home Depot earlier in Vacaville, identifying Smith and Proctor as suspects in that robbery.

The Pleasanton Home Depot security officer injured in the robbery identified Smith when shown a video from the Vacaville store as the one who stole the power tools in Pleasanton.

Smith was located in Fairfield and arrested for the robbery. She was later booked at Santa Rita Jail for robbery, assault and also possession of methamphetamine. At the time of her arrest Smith was seated in the front seat of the Lexus that was

used in the Pleasanton robbery. A search of the Lexus resulted in evidence implicating Smith and

Proctor, who Schlehuber said have a dating relationship.

Based upon the evidence recovered from the Lexus, a warrant was issued Thursday for Proctor's arrest.

Proctor, who is transient, is at large and is known to frequently stay at East Bay area hotels. Anyone with information on his current whereabouts is urged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.

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15 people like this
Posted by stan
a resident of Happy Valley
on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

Good job pleasanton police!

14 people like this
Posted by Kate
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Mar 12, 2015 at 9:07 am

PPD is awesome!

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Posted by carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Not to take anything away from the PPD, but it sounds like Home Depot did most of the detective work.

1 person likes this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm


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Posted by mike
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Good job PPD....unfortunately these two will probably only get probation or something and be right back out on the street. Our justice system is too weak on people like this

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Posted by Steven
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Steven is a registered user.

Amazing what drugs will drive someone to do. It's not as if this was the perfect crime. They grabbed a bunch of power tools and were clearly identified on video at both stores with no attempt at a disguise. At the Home Depot store, they turned a simple shoplifting into an assault with a deadly weapon. If she had simply given left the power tools and ran, they might not have been caught.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Hey Carlos, You did take something away from the PPD. They found this criminal after Home Depot ID'd them. Nice partnership between Police and Community.

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Posted by dyanne
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Love to see the results when PPD works with their victims. Way to go!!!! Thank you!

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Meth users eh? That drug seems to make people stupid real fast. Saw a documentary recently that named Meth the worst drug of all.
I feel sorry for their parents.

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Posted by sean christensen
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:36 am


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