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Church members' cars broken into while they're away on mission trip

Fairgrounds fan fight, J.C. Penney shoplifting among other items in weekly Police Bulletin

Members of a Pleasanton church on an annual mission trip are returning to the unpleasant news that some of their cars were broken into while they were away.

Members of the Valley Bible Church left July 17 for a mission trip working with Navajo children and adults in Arizona, and several of them left their cars in the church lot since the group carpooled, said administrative pastor Jay Scott.

Last weekend, windows on five of the cars were smashed, according to Pleasanton police.

Some of the glove-boxes appeared to have been rummaged through, Scott said, but police aren't sure if anything was taken because the owners couldn't be reached while they're on the trip.

Some family members have since picked up the cars for repairs, he said.

Scott said those on the mission trip help Navajo families by painting and doing repair work, organizing a club for children and arranging community programs.

He said church members noticed the smashed windows when they arrived for Sunday service.

"We've been doing this for years, and it's the first year it's happened en masse like this," he said.

In other police reports

* One Pleasanton man was arrested, and another is being reviewed by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for possible charges after they got into a fight July 15 over an electric fan, Pleasanton police said.

Daniel Williams, 57, was arrested for allegedly wrestling with another 57-year-old Pleasanton man over who got to use a fan at the Alameda County Fairgrounds that evening, according to a police report.

Police stated Williams took a fan away from the other man, who was using it to cool down his horse. They reportedly argued, and then started wrestling on the ground.

The second man, whose name was not released, had an injury to his knee, according to police, who said both men were intoxicated.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of battery, and the other man is being investigated regarding whether he should also be arrested, police stated.

* A Pinole woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of shoplifting from J.C. Penney while with her two children.

Police allege La Vayla Charlene Johnson, 32, went into the Stoneridge Shopping Center store with her kids and put $369 worth of clothing and merchandise into a mesh bag. One child also put on a new pair of shoes.

Johnson and her children went into a dressing room with the clothing items and then left the store without paying, according to a Pleasanton police report.

She was contacted by the store's loss prevention officers and subsequently arrested.

Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

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