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Police: Teens arrested in string of smash-and-grabs from Pleasanton cars

 

Three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of smashing the windows of at least a dozen cars and stealing items from inside around the same neighborhood just outside downtown Pleasanton last week, according to police.

In a post titled "Great Arrest" on the Pleasanton Police Department's Facebook page, police officials said the investigation unfolded around 2 a.m. Sept. 3 after a resident on Bonita Avenue heard the sound of breaking glass outside her house, looked outside and saw two shadowy figures with flashlights near a vehicle.

The resident called police and watched the strangers walk up the street while a car followed slowly behind with its headlights turned off, police said.

Multiple Pleasanton PD officers arrived and stopped a silver Kia Forte with Florida license plates (a rental), still driving with no headlights, the department said. Three occupants were detained: an 18-year-old man from Richmond and two 17-year-olds, one from Richmond and the other from Hercules.

Additional investigation revealed property had been taken from at least 12 different vehicles in the area in smash-and-grab thefts early that morning, with the stolen items found inside the Kia, police said.

"It was a great team effort by all," police said. "Thank you once more to all our residents who keep a watchful eye out for one another. This also is a good reminder about how important it is to take all valuables out of your vehicles. #BetterTogether."

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51 people like this
Posted by pope john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2019 at 8:20 pm

We have had low life's coming into our neighborhood over the years from Oakland, and Hayward looking for an easy score. Now we have these younger startup low life's from Richmond, Hercules.

I appreciate the citizens being alert and calling the police, it was the absolute right thing to do.

People work hard to have something, then we have these low life's that do not work, helping themselves, stealing from hard working people, damaging hard working peoples private property. MhC1q


27 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 10, 2019 at 9:07 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

In the PC world of the Bay Area and CA, I don't think you can call them "lowlifes" anymore. From now on they should be referred to as "justice involved youths".


79 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 10, 2019 at 9:38 pm

This is a favorable outcome, well done community and police.

Now gov, do your job and prosecute these individuals so they dont ever want to commit a crime again.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:01 am

No car alarms went off?


6 people like this
Posted by Pope John
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 11, 2019 at 11:20 am

Pope John, racist much?


23 people like this
Posted by Voter
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 11, 2019 at 11:39 am

People need to stop voting for propositions that go easily on criminals like this and release them back on the streets. If no substantial jail time, they’ll co tu us to do this again. Stop voting for propositions that help criminals instead of victims!


15 people like this
Posted by VV
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Thanks to Prop 47, anything below $950 keeps the crime a misdemeanor ... meaning the thieves face no pursuit and no punishment.


21 people like this
Posted by They ARE Lowlifes! Thug For Life!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm

THANKS to the Pleasanton Police- very professional, effective.

The damage to the cars may be more than the things they stole, but they do not care!

Those thieves are often "Thugs For Life"-


a title also applicable to the Thug who resisted BART police at the Fruitvale Station a few years ago..

It is a shame he was killed by mistake,
but really wrong to put his name on anything,
except maybe a one way street that just leads out of town.


6 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

VV, true but burglary is still a felony. As long as they can provide entry was made with intent to commit theft or any other felony, its still a felony.


21 people like this
Posted by Average Person
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 11, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Pope John...
How is referring to criminals as "low life's" racist?

You must be one of those people that exist to find reasons to be offended.


18 people like this
Posted by pope john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2019 at 6:13 pm

I deliberately used the term low life's because it is not racist, it could be anyone, any race. Average person called it correctly, the Birdland pope john is the racist for his call.


12 people like this
Posted by Nick
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 11, 2019 at 8:10 pm

Thanks to Prop 47, thieves have gone from residential burglary to vehicle burglary - because they get a slap on the wrist. That's even MORE of a reason NOT to leave ANYTHING in your car. You either get it or you don't. Vehicle burglary is very preventable. Wise up.


8 people like this
Posted by Ellen
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 11, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Good job PPD!

ps the Pleasanton weekly comments section is toxic, as usual


16 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:58 pm

Pope john of birdland. You're the racist, you made the association to race, not the other Pope john.


3 people like this
Posted by FBDad
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 12, 2019 at 9:27 am

@PleasantonParent

Unfortunately they probably won’t be prosecuted. I’m noticing a societal trend in the criminal justice system. If perps have the funds to pay fines, they get sent through the system, if not, they get let go.


1 person likes this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 12, 2019 at 9:55 am

@FBDad

So people actually pay for the privilege of getting sent through the system rather than just being let go? Wow.


3 people like this
Posted by Arrest made yet in attempted home invasion/burglary?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2019 at 3:09 pm

I'd like to know if there has been an arrest of the people that tried to kick down the doors in Web Link that was featured on the NBC News last night. These thugs attempted to do this with a woman and child in the house mid-morning in broad daylight.

I believe that the Pleasanton police needs to start regularly patrolling neighborhood interior streets. They seem to keep their vehicles on the high traffic major routes in town.

The fact that this one happened in broad daylight with the perps seeming to not be at all bothered by the fact that there were barking dogs inside is extremely disturbing.


11 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 13, 2019 at 3:38 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

Arrest made yet...
Thanks for the post, I hadn't seen that. But now you know why you need to be armed to protect yourself. The police can't be there to protect you, all they can really do is investigate and report. Remember YOU ARE THE FIRST RESPONDER!
There are safe weapons training classes nearby, take advantage and take heed.


2 people like this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm

Weird daylight break-in attempt. At least one of them approaches the door without a mask and knocks? And then the two of them try breaking down the door by awkwardly kicking and throwing their bodies against it? They don’t act like pros. There’s an interesting story behind this for sure. I’ve got a feeling that the PPD has a very good chance of catching these two bunglers.


2 people like this
Posted by Arrest made yet in attempted home invasion/burglary?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm

I have not yet heard of an arrest. If you do find out someone was arrested, please post the information. It is terrifying to think what could have happened. According to the news story that aired last night, luckily they ran away when the woman in the house started shouting.


7 people like this
Posted by My opinion
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2019 at 7:09 pm

My opinion is a registered user.

Since no one ever really gets punished for crimes like these, I have a solution. A permanent tatoo on the forehead stating the crime -- theft, burglary, assault, whatever. The old scarlet letter A taken a step further. After all, these days it seems that everyone is covered in body art anyway so how about some useful body art? Newspapers need to publish names, photos AND addresses of these idiots. The public has a right to know who commits crimes.


3 people like this
Posted by pope john
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 13, 2019 at 8:34 pm

One masked burglar and one unmasked burglar, tends to indicate how dumb criminals are. They gain entry, a women screams, being the thorough criminal coward they truly are, they turn tail and run.


4 people like this
Posted by Scary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm

This has been all over the news. It is very scary when burglars try to kick open the door after they saw the father drive his son to Amador Valley.... KGO Web Link, KTVU Web Link KRON Web Link

Do burglars know about the Amador Valley parking lot situation with the solar panels and are they on purpose casing neighborhoods in the Amador Valley attendance area to target them for break-ins?

It has been in covered on all the TV stations and the SF Chronicle but absolutely no coverage whatsoever in the Pleasanton Weekly at all since this happened Wednesday morning. Why?


3 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 17, 2019 at 11:28 am

James Michael is a registered user.

Scary,

It's now been almost a week since the attempted home break in and still nothing from the Weekly? Even the Patch had a short article.


4 people like this
Posted by Contradictions?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2019 at 7:12 am

Interesting - people are concerned about these illegal acts but nobody worries about all of the illegal entries into our country at our southern border??


4 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2019 at 7:36 am

Attempted home break-in. Get a security screen door. We have one, and nobody can kick our door in. You can get a nice looking one so it doesn't to too bad. You won't be sorry.


1 person likes this
Posted by Hotslide
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on Sep 18, 2019 at 10:48 am

Do not rely on the police to protect you, they will just do the aftermath paperwork. Get a gun you can handle, practice to get proficient and prevent getting your throat cut or beat to hell. These people are ruthless and it is just a matter of time before someone here gets seriously hurt or killed. Defend or face the consequences. Go get a gun !!


13 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2019 at 12:53 pm

BobB is a registered user.

Do not but a gun. You're more likely to use it on yourself, your family, or your neighbors than some criminal. Use common sense.


1 person likes this
Posted by WOW
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm

BobB. You just made no sense at all let alone any common sense.


15 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2019 at 7:35 pm

BobB is a registered user.

@WOW,

Check the statistics.


2 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 18, 2019 at 8:02 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

BobB

I'm gonna use a gun on myself, my family or my neighbors...where did you get those stats??? That is the most insane thing I have ever heard about guns. I get it if you don't like guns, but get real and use common sense.


8 people like this
Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 18, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Grumpy is a registered user.

BobB is saying that having a gun means you're more likely to mistakenly use it against someone you know or love (say, a noise downstairs), not that you're more likely to intentionally shoot your family.


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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 18, 2019 at 8:19 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

Nice try, Grump, but I don't buy that convoluted logic.


1 person likes this
Posted by WOW
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 18, 2019 at 9:13 pm

BobB. Show me the statistics between criminals using guns and people simply owning guns using them. Common sense my A?*&.


10 people like this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm

I do remember reading somewhere that the chances of a firearm in a house being used for suicide or against a family member are much higher than one might expect. Don’t recall that if the chances of that are greater than the chances of the firearm being used against a criminal, although that may well be true if one lives in Pleasanton since - let’s face it - the chances of having to use one’s gun in self defense against a criminal are really, really low if you live in Pleasanton.


1 person likes this
Posted by Hotslide
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on Sep 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

Look, if you are a gun owner, there are many common sense issues that go with it. If you are so unstable that you start firing at things that go bump in the night, please don't buy one and throw out all knives in your house. I can't believe how stupid some people are. Educate yourself, if you are anti gun you will believe all kinds of BS. Read John Lotts, "More guns, less crime". The estimate is that gun owners and people with CCW permits, prevent up to 2 mil crimes per year. Grow Up.


10 people like this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 19, 2019 at 8:03 am

@Hotside

John Lott has no credibility and I don’t think that anyone should give his writings any weight in view of his past behavior which revealed his lack of integrity:

“Mary Rosh persona”

“In response to the dispute surrounding the missing survey, Lott created and used "Mary Rosh" as a sock puppet to defend his own works on Usenet and elsewhere. After investigative work by blogger Julian Sanchez, Lott admitted to use of the Mary Rosh persona.[64] Sanchez also pointed out that Lott, posing as Rosh, not only praised his own academic writing, but also called himself "the best professor I ever had".”

“Many commentators and academics accused Lott of violating academic integrity, noting that he praised himself while posing as one of his former students[73][74] and that "Rosh" was used to post a favorable review of More Guns, Less Crime on Amazon.com. Lott has claimed that the "Rosh" review was written by his son and wife.[74]”

“"I probably shouldn't have done it—I know I shouldn't have done it—but it's hard to think of any big advantage I got except to be able to comment fictitiously," Lott told The Washington Post in 2003.[74]”

Wikipedia: John Lott: Web Link
. . . .


12 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2019 at 9:29 am

I believe you have every right to own a gun. But I believe in logic as well. Statistically, BobB is correct. It's a well known fact that gun owners are more like to use a gun to commit suicide, or on a family member (domestic dispute). You see your family every day. You're yourself every day, and you own a gun. How often do you have a criminal breaking into your home? Rarely. Most people will never deal with someone breaking into their home, especially when they're home. Most criminals break in when no one is home. If you can't figure out these stats - whether or not you own a gun, you're stupid.


1 person likes this
Posted by Hotslide
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on Sep 19, 2019 at 9:40 am

Wikipedia is an anti gun website, nice try. Lott has several books so don't cherry pick from a gun hating website that supports your anti gun views. Put your "no guns here sign" outside and declare yourself a potential victim. You are not mature enough to own a gun.


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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 19, 2019 at 10:28 am

James Michael is a registered user.

Statistics can be manipulated to support anyone's argument...the same way polling questions are presented to guarantee a certain outcome. Where do you think the phrase "It's a well known fact..." comes from?


9 people like this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 19, 2019 at 11:06 am

@Hotslide :”Wikipedia is an anti gun website, nice try.”

Trying to attack the credibility of the Wikipedia article on John Lott is lame. Wikipedia didn’t make up any facts. Those facts concerning John Lott and his Mary Rosh persona incident come from fully referenced sources provided by the Wikipedia article, and in fact John Lott himself admitted guilt. Pretty silly and nonsensical of you to play the game of denial and “attacking the messenger” when the accused has already admitted guilt.

The bottom line is that John Lott has shown himself to be an untrustworthy source of information about gun violence.


8 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

You don't need stats to figure out what BobB is saying. It's COMMON SENSE. And Steve spelled it out very clearly. Gun enthusiasts are too stubborn to get it. I couldn't care less if someone owns a gun. But you don't have to be ignorant about it. Wise up.


1 person likes this
Posted by WOW
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Why is it the anti gun stupid people think they have the market on COMMON SENSE.
NOT.


7 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2019 at 3:10 pm

BobB is a registered user.

@Hotslide,

Maybe you'll find this to be a more trustworthy source.

Web Link


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