Pleasanton neighbors are on edge after a pair of masked burglars kicked in the front door of a Vintage Hills house last week while a woman was inside with her child.
The brazen break-in happened around 8:30 a.m. last Wednesday, according to Sgt. Julie Fragomeli with the Pleasanton Police Department, while one of the homeowners was upstairs taking a shower and her 9-year-old son was playing downstairs. Home surveillance video that has gone viral since then caught the criminals trying to kick and smash their way in through the door.
Andrea Leggett told several news outlets that she heard her dogs growling and a “loud commotion” downstairs that was becoming louder. “Things started getting louder,” Leggett told ABC7 and KRON4 reporters. “It was like someone was trying to get in the front door and there was banging, it was almost like the whole half of the house shook.”
The burglars managed to break down the door after several attempts but were scared off when Leggett started yelling, likely because they were not expecting anyone to be home at the time. “I think I scared them and they ran out very quickly and got in their car and sped off,” she said. She then called her husband and the police, who responded within minutes.
Although the door was damaged, nothing was taken from the home.
The culprits remain unidentified and at-large, with police investigating the case.
Pleasanton has experienced several recent property crimes, including a series of smash-and-grab thefts from vehicles near downtown; three teenage suspects were arrested along Bonita Avenue two weeks ago in that case. There were also three break-ins in the Ruby Hill neighborhood, but Fragomeli said those happened a few months ago and are not believed to be connected to the break-in.
“There are no arrests and detectives are following up on all available leads,” Fragomeli said. “Some of those include things that we learn or hear from residents while doing a canvas of the neighborhood.”
Police are also collecting as much video evidence as they can from neighbors, which they believe might help catch the perpetrators. “There’s a lot of people that do have video surveillance from the ingress and egress of that neighborhood,” she said.
In the meantime, Fragomeli advised residents that creating the appearance of an occupied house could deter would-be criminals because “burglars typically do not want to have any type of confrontation with anybody.”
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.