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Vintage Hills: Brazen burglary caught on camera leaves neighbors on edge

Police have been searching for pair of masked criminals since last Wednesday

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.

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1 person likes this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm

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Better late than never with the story...but as far as I can see the Weekly is the last.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2019 at 9:32 am

How does one "create the appearance of an occupied house"?


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Posted by PleasantonTaxpayer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 18, 2019 at 11:10 am

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Maybe turn on a record player, uh, I mean, radio, that can be heard at the front door. Leave lights on if it's dark?


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Posted by Mob928
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 18, 2019 at 11:20 am

I leave the radio on very loud so if anyone comes to the front door they hear the radio. In addition I have an alarm that’s connected to the police Dept. On my target is a 180 degree camera ninstalled under my garage eve to view the front of the house. Time to be defensive


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2019 at 11:21 am

Maybe the reason it was a week late on the news is that no one who works for the paper lives in Pleasanton or within commute distance to Pleasanton.

A couple of days ago, the video of the attempted break-in is even on the morning shows in the UK.

What is with Two Amigos? This is in the very dark small shopping center with no working outside lights in the parking lot next to McDonald's on Stanley Blvd. Is it closed permanently or temporarily closed due to the health department closing it down?


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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 18, 2019 at 11:23 am

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Occupied house...if you have Echo/Alexa they have an application for that.


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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 18, 2019 at 11:57 am

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IMO must be an unknown dealer or meth house in the neighborhood. The Villians were not near a freeway access point and didn't case the house out long enough to see if anyone was home...


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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 18, 2019 at 12:33 pm

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Like I said on another post...YOU are the FIRST RESPONDER, you are the militia. Take advantage of weapons training classes available nearby and learn to defend your home and family. If you are afraid of a lethal response, remember there are many non-lethal weapons to try first, even though CA law tries to limit their purchase.
Don't think that this won't happen again. You are living in an open border sanctuary state. Those cameras aren't going to stop an intruder.

"Take your State back"


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 18, 2019 at 1:14 pm

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They were home at the time. The home seemed pretty clearly occupied from what it sounds like. I suspect the intruders either didn't care or were bad at their craft.


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Posted by buklau
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 18, 2019 at 1:16 pm

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Gavin Newsome will give them sanctuary, and then reparations.


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 18, 2019 at 1:30 pm

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No, I suspect Newsome would want to see them arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for a long time.

Not sure what fever dream world you all live in, but the jokes don't land. This is serious stuff. Someone kicked in the door of an occupied house in this neighborhood to try to rob them.

Many people around here are scared, and poorly executed hot takes on how much you think libs are bad aren't helping any of us. Can't you just focus on Pleasanton and stop making it a Fox News vs MSNBC war?

It's time to stop owning the libs and start owning the safety of our city.


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Criminals will rob any house whether you're home or not. There's always security gates and security screen doors.


10 people like this
Posted by buklau
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 19, 2019 at 12:56 am

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In all honesty get a video doorbell, a gun, and an alarm system.


6 people like this
Posted by carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 19, 2019 at 10:40 am

Get a dog.


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Carlos

Did you miss all of the news stories?

They had two dogs barking and the perps even commented to each other on there being two from the barking sounds. They kicked the door in anyway. It was all over the news.


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Posted by carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:07 pm

FWM, yes, sorry I missed the line about the dogs. Maybe burglary wasn't what they really had in mind. A dog will usually deter burglars.


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