Pleasanton police arrest trio after home break-ins off Hopyard

Two 18-year-olds, one 17-year-old charged

Pleasanton police arrested three San Jose teens in connection with break-ins at two Pleasanton homes Thursday morning.

Christian Castro-Betancourt and Juan Garcia-Rincon, both 18, and a 17-year-old boy, whose name was not released, were arrested in connection with the burglaries and charged with felony counts of burglary and conspiracy, according to Pleasanton police.

At 9:36 a.m. Thursday, a resident of Heatherlark Circle called police after she heard a loud noise in her backyard and saw a young Hispanic male walking around in her backyard.

He jumped back over her fence and ran, and officers didn't find him when they arrived. Nothing was reported missing, police stated. Police later identified the culprit as the 17-year-old San Jose boy.

About an hour later, a homeowner a half-mile away on South Valley Trails called 911 after she saw three young Hispanic males get out of a black Ford Mustang convertible and go into the backyard of a home nearby on Haleakala Road.

Officers arrived and spoke with Castro-Betancourt, the driver of the Mustang, and searched the home, finding it had been broken into via a rear window, police said. However, no one was inside, but the description of one man matched the description for the Heatherlark Circle attempted burglary, police stated.

A few minutes after police arrived at South Valley Trails, an undercover officer driving along Hopyard Road near Valley Avenue spotted two young Hispanic males who matched the description of both incidents.

The 17-year-old and Garcia-Rincon were walking from the Pleasanton Canal trail to the shopping area near Bill's Cafe. When officers arrived to speak with the two teens, police said one of them tried to hide a piece of jewelry under a car.

Officers linked them to the break-in on Haleakala Road, and a search of the Mustang reportedly revealed stolen items.

In addition to burglary and conspiracy, Castro-Betancourt was also charged with possession of stolen property and the 17-year-old boy was also charged with prowling. The two 18-year-olds were booked into Santa Rita Jail, and the juvenile was released from the police station to the custody of his mother and given a notice to appear in court, which acts as an arrest on paper.

Castro-Betancourt was being held on a bond of $170,000, and Garcia-Rincon was being held on a bond of $150,000 as of Friday.

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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Dec 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Break-ins and other crimes are sure to increase (with Christmas fast approaching)

Set lights on timer
If on vacation- set light timers. vacation hold for mail and do not leave trashcans on curb.
Also I would avoid stone-ridge mall (Last year a few strong arm robberies occurred in various parking lot locations.

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