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Pleasanton police make arrest in June robbery

Oakland resident charged in purse-snatching

Pleasanton police have made an arrest in a robbery case from early June.

On Aug. 4, police served a search warrant at a house in the 7800 block of Arthur Street in Oakland and arrested 23-year-old Oakland resident Amanda Pittman. Pittman is being charged with felony robbery and was also arrested on outstanding warrants, according to Pleasanton Police Department Sgt. Larry Cox.

Pittman's arrest stems from an incident on June 3 in a parking lot outside Macy's at Stoneridge Shopping Center.

A female victim was approached at her car that evening by two people who sprayed her with a substance that police believe was pepper spray or mace. The victim fought to keep control of her purse until one of the culprits pushed the victim to the ground and they ran off with the purse, according to police.

The thieves fled in a black four-door sedan, according to a statement issued by police in June.

Pleasanton police officers identified possible suspects through the investigation and issued a search warrant based on the use of the victim's credit cards, Cox said. Pittman was still being held at Santa Rita Jail as of late Tuesday.

Cox said the investigation is ongoing. "We are contacting witnesses about other suspects," he said. "The case is absolutely not finished yet."

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Pleasanton Police Department Detective Robert Shuffield, 931-5100.

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