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Indiana man arrested for suspected Pleasanton robbery

Takes pack of gum after gas station employee persuades robber to leave

A 22-year-old transient from Indiana was arrested early Monday morning for suspected robbery at the Chevron gas station on Santa Rita Road.

According to Pleasanton police reports, Trevon Elsworth entered the gas station around 2 a.m. and passed a note to the worker threatening he had a gun and demanding money.

Police said the worker was able to convince Elsworth to leave without the money.

The man allegedly stole a pack of gum and left the station.

Officers searched the area and found Elsworth hiding behind a nearby hotel, police said.

Police reports said Elsworth was positively identified and he provided a full confession. He was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

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Posted by M.William
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Thank you BART for allowing these criminals to come into Pleasanton. This puts the burden of these criminals on the local police and people. The crime rate in the area of BART(Which the Chevron is located within walking distance of BART) has risen and the Stoneridge mall, once a nice safe place, has become a place for trouble makers and criminals to prey on the people of Pleasanton


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 17, 2015 at 12:27 am

@M. William

Where in the article does it say that this person came to Pleasanton using BART?

Hope he wasn't planning a quick getaway. I'm pretty sure that BART closes before 2:00 am.


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Posted by M.William
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jun 17, 2015 at 12:45 am

To Damon:

You made my point for me. When BART closes, they kick the "transients" off of BART and on to the streets of Pleasanton and Dublin. If you check the crime stats, you will see that everywhere there is a BART station, the crime rate increased from the year, without a BART station. From the first year BART opens and continues at a higher level, Than the year without BART. I work in the criminal justice field. Ask any police officer that has a BART station in their city. They will tell you that, where there is a BART station, there is higher crime. So thank you Damon, for making my point.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

@M.William,

That is preposterous. It is just hearsay, and not based on any kind of real crime statistics. The BART expansion to Dublin/Pleasanton years ago was a great benefit for the area and real crime rates have dropped since then, not risen.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 17, 2015 at 9:54 am

@M. Williams : "You made my point for me. When BART closes, they kick the "transients" off of BART and on to the streets of Pleasanton and Dublin. If you check the crime stats, you will see that everywhere there is a BART station, the crime rate increased from the year, without a BART station."

I did check the Pleasanton Police crime statistics because this false claim about a dramatic increase in Pleasanton crime rates associated with BART has been repeated over and over and over again. The first Pleasanton BART station opened in 1997. If you check the Pleasanton crime statistics, the per capita crime rate in the year after the stationed opened (1998) was LOWER than in the year before the station opened (1996). Same thing for the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station that opened in 2011. Per capita crime rate in Pleasanton for the year after the opening was LOWER than for the year before the opening.

The Pleasanton crime statistics over the years around 1997 (1st Pleasanton BART station opening) and 2011 (2nd Pleasanton BART station opening) can all be found on pages 16 and 17 of the Pleasanton Annual Police report:

Pleasanton Police Annual Report: Web Link


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 17, 2015 at 10:23 am

@Bob B

The per capita crime rate in Pleasanton in 1994, three years before we had any BART station at all in Pleasanton, was nearly double the current Pleasanton crime rate. Again, it's all there in the Pleasanton Police Annual Report.


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