Pleasanton police seeking help in finding iPhone burglars

4 men steal 10 phones worth $7,400 from Apple store in Stoneridge Mall

Police are asking for help in finding four suspects who took 10 iPhones worth about $7,400 from an Apple store at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton Wednesday.

Police said the Apple store theft took place at 7:46 p.m. when the men entered the store and took the phones from a display case.

Pleasanton police Community Service Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker described the suspects as black males.

KeithBurbank, Bay City News

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6 people like this
Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jan 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

Stoneridge Mall, used to be a place people could relax and shop.

Now a haven for shoplifters + muggers. Thanks in part to the BART access directly across the street.

Should demo the pace and turn it into a park.

1 person likes this
Posted by "Find my Phone"?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

Thought iPhones had security programs, so they could be tracked,
and or turned off if stolen?

You'd think Apple would have their demo's all set up?

$740 per phone? Wow!

Saw this on the TV news, looked like at least 3, wearing hoodies.

Seems like all the Police would have to do would be to watch for them to get back on the BARTD,
or watch the parking lot for them stealing a car?

2 people like this
Posted by C
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 21, 2016 at 11:06 am

I agree, Bart has hit our town very hard. My home just got burglarized! They took everything! damaged sliding doors, all glass broken. This is going to cost me a fortune! What's funny is that our HOA didn't inform their residents of previous break in, and police has done nothing! Only thing I got from police, a damage carpet with their "dust powder"

4 people like this
Posted by concerned
a resident of Civic Square
on Jan 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

It's a shame that BART has just recently revealed that ony "some" of the cameras you see on ceiling of Bart cars are functional. Could review the tapes and find these 3 hoodies. (and future cases too.) THey also missed the shooter at Oakland station too. Should be a wake up call to BART to install REAL working cameras and loosen up the purse strings from all their fare increases.

6 people like this
Posted by Longtime Ptown Resident
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Although it is very convenient now having Bart at the Stoneridge Mall it has definitely caused a lot more problems than benefits. When I use to take Bart back home from the City most of the scary looking people got off in Fremont, Hayward, Oakland or Castro Valley even now I am seeing more getting off at the Stoneridge station, plus I have noticed a lot more people begging for help on the Bart, I think each Bart train should have a officer going up and down the cars to stop these people from doing these kinds of things. The loud Music and dancing for money has got to go.

50 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm


How did you find out that your home burglary was connected with BART?

2 people like this
Posted by Mary
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 22, 2016 at 7:10 am

How? I leave walking distance from Bart and mall

8 people like this
Posted by Commuter
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

I take BART daily and I've never seen anyone carry on the entire contents of a home. I can see mall shoplifters taking iphones and clothes, etc. But really, everything in your home and getting on BART. That seems unlikely.

It seems there have been more home burglaries lately and they don't all seem to be walking distance from BART. Bottomline, this is an affluent community. Opportunists take advantage that people are working and hope to target empty homes. We like to think we are a small town community and I see many residents leaving their garage doors and/or front doors open. We all have to be vigilant and take precautions to detour these criminals from targeting our community. Next Door has been a useful tool. Many residents have installed cameras and shared footage with law enforcement. It's a bit Big Brother, but whatever it takes to get the bad guys or gals.

7 people like this
Posted by stop the solicitors
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2016 at 10:54 am

The most common way for a thief to find a vacant home is to pretend to be a solicitor and see if anyone answers their door. We need to get the police and the City on board to force all legal solicitors (that includes political ones) to pay a fee and get a license. If an unlicensed one comes to the door take a cell phone photo and turn them in. Also, if a resident posts a "no solicitors" sign and someone violates that they should be cited and fined for trespass. It's time to stop this invasion of privacy and threat to our security.

When you see my "no solicitor" sign that means stay the hell away -- I don't care who you are or who you represent. Just stay away! If you take my non-answer to mean the house is empty then keep in mind that I have guns and know how to use them. Never to injure, only to kill. If you ignore my signs and break into my home you will die. And I will lose no sleep over it.

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Posted by Police did investigate C's Burglary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

Dear C,
I'm glad to hear the police used fingerprint powder,
and I assume did an investigation and a Report of the robbery.

Hard hit towns, including Oakland, used to just do a Phone it In Report,
never spending the time to investigate.

So their bad guys got away, and probably did it again.

Hopefully, knowing Pleasanton PD takes this seriously may discourage some bad guys.

The SF PD do a terrible job of investigating car thefts and robberies from cars,
and so likely as a result they seem to have an awful lot of those crimes.
SF also does a bad job of letting you know if your car is "recovered",
or filling out the CHP forms, and will charge out of towner's much more than residents.

I'd be interested to hear whether PPD were able to ID anyone,
or at least determine whether the robbers had hit other houses.

3 people like this
Posted by Do Solicitors Need a License??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

That's a great idea!

And so is taking their photo.

I often ask Solicitors to show ID,
most sales people will show you something.

5 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 22, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Liking the photo idea!! Also I put a lock on my side gate, beefed up the side door to my garage and an alarm. If they do make it in the house and I'm home it's going to be "target practice", my house, my rules!!

3 people like this
Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2016 at 7:39 am

Dear Police Did Investigate, I agree. Glad our Pleasanton Police dusted and investigated the iphone break-in. We're lucky to live in a reasonably secure town, because of police protecting us. Sad however, we actually have some among us, who think middle-of-the-night breaking and entering a business, and criminals resisting are to be excused. So we have some neighbors who don't think we need to be secure in our town, and don't want us to be vigilant about our laws, safety, or security. For me, I prefer a safe and secure community, and respect for law and order.

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