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Pleasanton police arrest 6 in separate alleged theft incidents

Stolen mail, vehicle recovered

Pleasanton police arrested six people and recovered a stolen car, mail and drugs in separate incidents that took place less than five hours apart overnight Thursday.

In the later incident Friday, a citizen on Angus Way called police shortly after 1 a.m. reporting that he had confronted a woman in his front yard who was carrying a large amount of mail, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Pat Walsh.

The woman reportedly fled to a waiting car as the citizen called 9-1-1 and provided a suspect and vehicle description.

Within a minute, Walsh said, Officer Rich Trovao located the vehicle leaving the area and conducted a traffic stop. Inside the car, officers allegedly found stolen property, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and stolen mail and credit cards from residents in Pleasanton and San Joaquin County.

Walsh also alleged the two occupants threw mail out of the car as they fled, as officers followed a trail of mail on the route they took leaving the neighborhood.

Both of the car's occupants -- Stockton residents Tiffany Pigg, 30, and Alicia Davis, 28 -- were arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail on charges of mail theft and drug possession, according to Walsh.

The other incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. Thursday when, according to police, a Pleasanton officer patrolling the Valley Trails neighborhood spotted a car that had been reported stolen from Hayward on Oct. 26. The car was parked on South Valley Drive near Yellowstone Court.

After watching the car for a period of time, police conducted a probation search at 3552 Yellowstone Court and arrested several people on probation for theft and drug-related crimes, according to Walsh.

Police allege Antonio Ortega, a 27-year-old Pleasanton resident, was in possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe, had an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia and is on probation.

Livermore resident Robert Maynard, 27, had a warrant for stealing a vehicle, was in possession of methamphetamine and is on probation, according to police.

The other two arrested were 25-year-old San Jose resident Joseph Murphy for cocaine possession and 26-year-old Mariana Coons of Livermore for being in possession of stolen credit cards while on probation, Walsh said.

All four were booked into Santa Rita Jail. The investigation into the stolen vehicle is ongoing, and a suspect has not yet been identified, Walsh said.

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6 people like this
Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Nov 4, 2016 at 7:17 pm

Wow! Glad they apprehended these criminals, but I believe many more "bad bees" are coming to Pleasanton.

I think one thing which would help - mail theft

Multiple lock boxes (similar to what new communities use)Yes! I know it is "inconvenient" to walk 20-40 paces, to get your mail, but better than theft -to include ID theft.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Well, first, we always pick up our mail not too late in the afternoon, so if these thieves came by our mailbox they would almost certainly find it empty. Secondly, even if they did grab our mail, in these modern times there is usually little to nothing of any street value in our mail, unless you include the junk mail coupons that I'm always getting for things like discounted carpet cleaning (and they're welcome to those). The fact of the matter is that we hardly ever put checks in the mail anymore. Virtually all of our bill payments are made electronically on-line, and I imagine that that's true for most other people as well. Would be curious to find out how much of any value these thieves find in stealing from mailboxes.


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Posted by kris
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Get out of our town. Get jobs. Develop some morals. You probably have children. Set some examples. UGH


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Posted by Cautious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:06 am

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Scary both groups had drugs. I never put checks in my mailbox, and I get
very few checks...have a direct deposit. Painfully stupid people.
Too unfit to have children. Pill,IUD, or Condom use should be a requirement while receiving welfare. My money? My rules! you breed 'um, you feed 'um.


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Posted by Cautious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:15 am

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1. Spooky finding someone in your yard at 1: am !
2. Glad the officers checked license plates of a parked car in an otherwise quiet neighborhood at 8;30 AM ! ...never know, apparently...
Good job.


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Posted by GetAJob
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Nov 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

I agree with Cautious, the welfare system needs to impose stricter laws. I heard some people keep popping out kids just so they can continue to receive welfare. With each additional kids, the welfare check amount increases. This is like rewarding criminals. The welfare system should not increase payments for additional kids being born after first payment is made. For a good example, look at the "octet mom" who has 8 kids just to stay on the welfare system!


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 7, 2016 at 11:31 am

I commend the local police for their continuing efforts to pick up life's garbage and help keep our town as safe as possible. They're out there; I see them cruising on Foothill Road where we live.


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Posted by KK26
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I live in the townhouse complex off of Muirwood, Brookfield. We have been deluged with robberies and since the back if the complex faces the 680 retaining wall, there are always drug dealers parked there out of sigh making their sales. My home has been burglarized twice, and once a criminal ran into my attached garage while I was still in the car. PPD had driven by which is why he ran into my garage. I called PPD and it took them 1.5 hours to arrive. This is a huge problem since there is such easy access to an escape route. My dog walker saw 3 guys hopping the wall to their car parked on 680. It seems they've all moved from the park next to the high school to our parking lot. We really could use a drive by or two from PPD while most of the complex empties for work during the day. The dealers are all hanging out at the end of the school day in the back, and while PPD does a good job, they really seem to ignore this target area.


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Posted by Mrsbob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Our mail used to come through our letter box. I'm from the U.K. Had a letter box in the front door. No one had access to it until you unlocked/opened the front door. I miss that convenience here.


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Posted by Not Planned Progress
a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 12, 2016 at 8:37 am

*Gone are the days you could leave your door unlocked and your possessions were safe.
*Gone are the days when your mail was safe in your own mail box until you got home from work.
*Gone are the days when you newly purchased items were safe in your car while you continued to shop at the mall.
*Gone are the days when I could drive across Pleasanton in 10 minutes.
*Gone are the day when people felt safe in their homes.

*Instead we have stack and pack housing under construction all over town, tax payers spending $10 million dollars to fund roads so Costco can come to down, rampant mail theft, robberies at the mall, it takes me 23 minutes to get across town if I am lucky and the sign at City Hall reads "Planned Progress." Baloney.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

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@"Not Planned Progress",

Pleasanton today is safer than it was 30 years ago. Crime rates are down, not up.

Costco, and high income housing don't increase crime.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 12, 2016 at 10:28 am

@BobB :"Pleasanton today is safer than it was 30 years ago. Crime rates are down, not up."

It's true. The overall per capita crime rate in Pleasanton is about half of what it was when we moved here around 30 years ago.


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