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Intruders party in Castlewood home, take vacationing owners' bacon, liquor, jewelry

Sheriff's deputies detaining juveniles after Castlewood party photos surface on social media

A Pleasanton family had an unwelcome surprise waiting for them Tuesday when they returned home from vacation to find their liquor cabinet raided, some personal items stolen and pounds of bacon pilfered.

The residents returned to their home in the Castlewood neighborhood of unincorporated Pleasanton and called deputies around 11:15 a.m. after they realized their home had been the site of a party while they were away, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

Kelly said a group of juveniles entered the home sometime during the week the residents were gone and threw a party, cooking and eating five pounds of the homeowners' bacon and washing down the meat with the residents' liquor.

The intruders also took pictures of their bacon-and-liquor party and posted images on social media, which sheriff's deputies have found.

Kelly said about $2,000 to $3,000 in personal property was stolen, including some jewelry.

The number of people involved in the party and their identities will not be released because they are underage, Kelly added. They will be given notices to appear in court, rather than being formally arrested.

"We're rounding them up one by one," he said.

Kelly said it's suspected the homeowners might have posted about their vacation on social media before they left, leaving their home vulnerable to intruders.

With many families taking vacations over the summer, he recommends travelers keep their home safe by avoiding public posts about vacations while their houseswill be unattended, hiring a house sitter or asking an adult friend to regularly check on the home, as well as stopping mail and newspapers while away and enabling an alarm service and video cameras.

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31 people like this
Posted by Shamus R.
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 25, 2015 at 8:26 am

NOT THE BACON!!!!


15 people like this
Posted by Paul
a resident of Danville
on Jun 25, 2015 at 8:40 am

If the owners did indeed post their vacation plans to social media, it does not demonstrate much intelligence. That the teens posted their pictures to social media demonstrates narcissism and also a lack of intelligence. Neither have my sympathy.


9 people like this
Posted by Victor
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 25, 2015 at 8:46 am

Social media? If they posted vacation plans the home owners are as dumb as the kids that had the party in their home.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2015 at 8:57 am

These "juveniles" committed felonies. Why were they not "formally arrested"? Perhaps an actual arrest, a handcuffed drive in a Police car, and some time in a holding cell until Mommy can show up, would show them and their moronic peers that this is a serious matter, not just one more thing their parents can fix for them.


28 people like this
Posted by wondering
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

I wonder if they will post about their court appearances!

A selfie with the judge, maybe?


9 people like this
Posted by Dude
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

One or more of the kids belongs to someone influential so the police will keep in low key.


16 people like this
Posted by Out the Kids
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 25, 2015 at 9:40 am

These kids need to be outed... Names and pictures of these dopes, and let them hang out in Santa Rita and make new boy friends.


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Posted by P'Ton Parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:14 am

Where is the compassion for this family that was victimized?
These kids are disrespectful criminals and need to have consequences that they will not soon forget. This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened and it doesn't need to involve social media to occur. We can take precautions by not posting vacations pics but our families should be able to be excited about an upcoming trip and talk about it with their close friends. Unfortunately, in this town, if the wrong person hears of an unoccupied home, it becomes an open invitation to party and destroy/steal personal property. I don't buy the, "they're young and make bad choices" argument. I believe that kids can learn from their mistakes but how will they learn if there is no price to pay? We need to teach them that there are major consequences to criminal actions and that includes trespassing and theft. We've all worked very hard to be able to live and raise our families here and I do not want to be a city where these types of crimes are tolerated and swept under the rug. They family will not have a "normal summer" now and neither should the kids involved. Let's show all of our kids that we, as a civilized comment expect respect of each other.


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Posted by Alice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

I agree 100% with what P'Ton Parent has written. It is inexcusable that these teenagers are not being formally arrested. They committed crimes! Breaking and entering as well as theft. They may be underage but they committed crimes and should be properly prosecuted. If I were those homeowners I would be exceptionally outraged that they are not being arrested. Pleasanton is supposed to be a good and safe place to live. That is complete BS.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

Isn't Castlewood a gated community? Sounds like more of an "inside" job. The break-in party may have even included the couple's own kids if they have any.


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Posted by Midas
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

Bacon and whiskey party = truly inspired. Bad kids but a good menu.


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Posted by Former Pleasantonian
a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 25, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I grew up in Pleasanton and moved 8 years ago. My dad after 41 years sold the house I grew up in. With that said I feel that one of the kids involved have parents either in law enforcement, city office or some sort of influential position. Years ago I was involved in an accident where the driver had been drinking a lot. We were both 18 and hanging out at a house inivermore with friends. I didn't realize he had drank more than 1 beer or I wouldn't have got in the car. He took Vineyard home (talking 1991 so was still windy) and was speeding when he lost control of the car and hit a telephone/electrical pole with my side of the car. Luckily we weren't injured even though I was taken by ambulance to the hospital to make sure. His dad worked for the Pleasanton PD and nothing ever happened with this boy...no arrest, no breathalyzer, nothing. My parents were called and showed up at a nearby house we walked to and they saw how this boy was treated by officers one his dad showed up. Do you think he learned? Not at all. These kids will not learn unless they are treated like every other regular person who commits a crime.


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Posted by matthias
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

"These "juveniles" committed felonies. Why were they not "formally arrested"? Perhaps an actual arrest, a handcuffed drive in a Police car,"

since they are not adults. that's why. you don't want cops involved with kids because cops are allowed to kill people. it's so bad you really don't want cops to be involved in arresting adults either.

we'd be better off w/out police forces at this point. it's just to dangerous and furthermore cops cause more problems than they solve not just including them executing people on the streets. police chases are also a stupid idea and cause lots of needless deaths.

of course it is not serious if kids break into a rich person's house and eat bacon and drink booze. it's what kids do. no harm really.


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Posted by Joe Quiller-Blein
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

@citizen, uncle: the fact that the perps are apparently still alive suggests that they may be caucasians.


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Posted by Rob
a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Someone asked, but no, Castlewood is not gated to get into. I remember driving up there with friends in high school at night...just for the fact of driving through Castlewood.

I always heard to NOT stop mail or newspapers, as this is a sign that a home is vacant/owners are on vacation. If someone is surveillance the area they can pick up on that.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 25, 2015 at 5:45 pm

"...threw a party, cooking and eating five pounds of the homeowners' bacon and washing down the meat with the residents' liquor."

Well, I hope I get invited next time. Mmmmm..... bacon.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 25, 2015 at 7:57 pm

I agree with most of the posts - eating their bacon is the real crime here. But seriously, these "kids" stole jewelry worth thousands of $? this is not a harmless prank. this is a felony and they should be treated according to the law as underage felons.


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Posted by another resident
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:30 pm

They are juveniles. Yes, I'll bet at least one of the kids have parents who are influential and/or in law enforcement. Kids names are not given out - the law. Perhaps the victims have a say in prosecution (as in they know one or more of the invaders). If the jewelry and the rest of the property minus booze is returned (juveniles officially cannot purchase alcohol), may be the victims are asking the police to go easy.

Pleasanton Police are equal opportunity when it comes to kids driving - not DWA or DWB but DWY - Driving While Young. We had the police come to our home due to "noise disturbance". When the door was shut, you could barely hear the kids. We had the whole house fan on and didn't have to raise the tv volume due to kids. Now one neighbor shut their windows and another raised their tv (daughter did tell immediate neighbors but neglected the back.) After the PPD left I refused to let any kid leave for at least 10 minutes. They didn't need an additional stop. I ended up explaining DWA and DWB to the minorities that were partying. I was shocked!

So why did neighbors in Castlewood call it in? Because the PPD probably followed many of these kids from an out of hand party to our home.

Why are the PPD keeping these kids under wraps? 1 they are juveniles & names will not be released. 2 probably one or more kids have prominent parents or in the PPD or the victims know the kids.

Yes, I do have a Facebook account and am private. I still don't discuss any vacation plans on it or any other social network. #1 never know when it can be compromised; #2 never know who will share (we treat all posts as for the general public even if private.) We don't tell the police - it used to be seen by the public if you went into the station (hopefully, that's changed).

I know when we were kids (before social media) our parents told us that we would probably move out of the country at the end of the school year but not to tell anyone. My sister mentioned it to one (or more) of her girlfriends. One of the moms called our mother to see if she could list the property exclusively. This was in the 60s - way before social media. The family could easily have a similar situation. If on social media, may the rest of us learn not to create such posts.

Let's hope there are some consequences - does not need to be a criminal record if all property (minus booze which kids can't purchase legally) is returned.


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Posted by Guido
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2015 at 5:59 am

Did they go ice blocking after the bacon party?

Those who castigate others for posting their planned vacations live in glass houses. I am quite sure ALL of us have either posted, or know someone who has posted on FB, about an upcoming vacation. Certainly, EVERYONE has posted pics WHILE ON vacation....that's what FB is about....bragging to everyone you know about where you are and where they are not.

Fact is, kids are kids. And they do stupid stuff. The more the kids, the more the stupid. What's concerning is how these people who live in Castlewood don't have neighbors they trust to watch out for their house while they are away. That, to me, says something.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 26, 2015 at 7:57 am

A few years ago, a couple down our street apparently went on vacation leaving their teenage son and daughter behind to watch after the house. First night after they left, the neighborhood was suddenly filled with lots of cars. Loud music and laughter and screams coming from the backyard of the house. Party City. OK, it was a Saturday night, so no big deal. Same thing happened on Sunday night, though. And then on Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night,..... It became obvious that while the folks were away, the son and daughter intended to turn their parents' house into Party City Central, rocking the neighborhood nightly with late night music, screams, laughter, and beer cans thrown over the fence. I'm sure that the house showed the effects of crowds of teenagers rampaging through it every night while the parents were away. Would have been interesting to see the looks on their faces when they returned and opened the door to their house.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 26, 2015 at 8:39 am

Was the bacon organic, kosher, free-range, gluten free bacon?


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Posted by Ddog
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

Lock those idiotic delinquents up to teach them a lesson. No pain, no gain.


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Posted by This is news ! Serves everyone right.
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Can somebody post the addrress of the house party where the bacon was consumed ?


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Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

I think everyone is losing sight of the most important thing:

The negative health effects of bacon!

Web Link

And since alcohol was present as well, I hope they took advantage of these:

Web Link


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 26, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Who keeps 5 pounds of bacon in the house??


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Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Apparently, anyone who shops at Costco:

Web Link


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Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm

So, a murder-suicide in 1997, a double-homicide in 2008, and now this? The housing values in Castlewood must be dropping like crazy!


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Get the facts,

You have some serious issues girl. Do us a favor and yourself and get some help. Go out and get some air. Class envy maybe or just mental health?


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Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Hey Bob, you're saying I have issues, but Map and This is news and Curious and Guido and Damon don't? We're joking, amigo. Relax and laugh a little, this story is funny. Personally, I can't wait until Dateline NBC or 20/20 does an expose on this horrific crime.


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Jun 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

Another Resident...you are a tool. Castlewood is in county jurisdiction so ACSO would respond. As far as police stopping juveniles driving ..juveniles have one of the highest rates of DUI for any age range. Perhaps you should spend some time explaining that to your little snot gobblers instead of teaching them to fear the police. You are the root of many problems..including the Occupy movement. Parents like you who host juvenile parties, and want to be their friend and not a parent, teach juveniles to act like fools when contacted by law enforcement. Let's hope your little prince or princess doesn't get involved in a DUI and you lose everything..because you are liable. do everyone a favor and don't ever call the police. When someone breaks into your home you could explain to them how cool they are and how much you hate the cops.


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Posted by Not PPD
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

Castlewood is under the jurisdiction of the Sherriff's office not PPD.


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