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School donation jar stolen from Pleasanton gas station

Thief swipes jar with $300 earmarked for Fairlands Elementary

Pleasanton police are looking for a man who stole a donation jar with hundreds of dollars meant for a local elementary school last month.

The thief took the jar on April 21 around 5:01 a.m. from inside the Valero gas station on Santa Rita Road near West Las Positas Boulevard.

On Thursday, the Pleasanton Police Department shared security camera footage of the suspect, who is seen lurking outside the station at 3192 Santa Rita Road just before the theft occurred. Sgt. Ryan Tujague told the Weekly a solo worker who normally kept the doors locked was preparing to open the station when the suspect seized his moment of opportunity.

"The bad guy was just waiting for the clerk to go in the back, and he ran right in and grabbed (the jar) and ran out," Tujague said.

The donations were intended for Fairlands Elementary School, according to Tujague, who said there was about $300 in the jar. Pleasanton Unified School District called it "very sad that someone would feel they would need to do this and to choose to take from funds sorely needed for our elementary schools."

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The suspect is a clean-shaven white male in his late 40s or 50s, wearing a black hoodie under a gray sweatshirt, dark pants and black gloves.

There haven't been any leads so far but Tujague said, "What has been nice is some people in the community have reached out and offered to pay that money."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Pleasanton police at 931-5100 and refer to case number #20-14772.

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School donation jar stolen from Pleasanton gas station

Thief swipes jar with $300 earmarked for Fairlands Elementary

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, May 4, 2020, 11:56 am

Pleasanton police are looking for a man who stole a donation jar with hundreds of dollars meant for a local elementary school last month.

The thief took the jar on April 21 around 5:01 a.m. from inside the Valero gas station on Santa Rita Road near West Las Positas Boulevard.

On Thursday, the Pleasanton Police Department shared security camera footage of the suspect, who is seen lurking outside the station at 3192 Santa Rita Road just before the theft occurred. Sgt. Ryan Tujague told the Weekly a solo worker who normally kept the doors locked was preparing to open the station when the suspect seized his moment of opportunity.

"The bad guy was just waiting for the clerk to go in the back, and he ran right in and grabbed (the jar) and ran out," Tujague said.

The donations were intended for Fairlands Elementary School, according to Tujague, who said there was about $300 in the jar. Pleasanton Unified School District called it "very sad that someone would feel they would need to do this and to choose to take from funds sorely needed for our elementary schools."

The suspect is a clean-shaven white male in his late 40s or 50s, wearing a black hoodie under a gray sweatshirt, dark pants and black gloves.

There haven't been any leads so far but Tujague said, "What has been nice is some people in the community have reached out and offered to pay that money."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Pleasanton police at 931-5100 and refer to case number #20-14772.

Comments

Carole Manning
Danbury Park
on May 5, 2020 at 10:04 am
Carole Manning, Danbury Park
on May 5, 2020 at 10:04 am
What a Fool
Sycamore Place
on May 5, 2020 at 1:50 pm
What a Fool, Sycamore Place
on May 5, 2020 at 1:50 pm

He should be shot on the spot, no questions asked.


Wombat
Downtown
on May 5, 2020 at 5:28 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on May 5, 2020 at 5:28 pm

Pretty good and clear picture of the guy. If he has any sense he should turn himself in.

Also sure that there must be previous video of this guy at the same gas station because the video of this theft shows him quickly entering the store and then exiting the store a few seconds later. He knew exactly what he was going after when he entered the store.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 5:57 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 5:57 pm

I recommend everyone pitch in a little something to replace this money for the students. With zero bail, liberal judges these days, this guy will never be held accountable.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 7:58 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 7:58 pm

Wait...we don’t know this person’s situation. Perhaps they were having a mental break, maybe they were down and out from covid loss wages, maybe he’s a non federal government recognized permanent ca resident , maybe he just needed some cash.

So quick to condemn without knowing this persons struggle. So much personal privilege being displayed in this post.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 8:05 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 8:05 pm

What we do know. He stole $300 of students money!


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 10:19 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 10:19 pm

$300 doesn’t get him arrested or thrown in jail. And he might get covid so they’d release him anyway.

Thank Nancy and Gavin.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on May 6, 2020 at 7:27 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on May 6, 2020 at 7:27 am

PP, maybe the store was an easy mark and the person was just an opportunist.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2020 at 7:32 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2020 at 7:32 am

also a possibility.


tim
Castlewood Heights
on May 6, 2020 at 2:16 pm
tim, Castlewood Heights
on May 6, 2020 at 2:16 pm

forget the theft, he is not wearing a mask. Hang em!


VAB
another community
on May 7, 2020 at 10:44 am
VAB, another community
on May 7, 2020 at 10:44 am

To Pleasanton parent and other lefties who think the same. If this creep is caught he had better hope that he appears before the Honorable Judge Reardon. He would not fare Nearly well were I presiding. He know exactly what he was doing.
If he did the crime he needs to do the Time.



Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 7, 2020 at 10:50 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 7, 2020 at 10:50 am

What time? You voted to let criminals out of jail if the offense is less than $950 and you don't want them to catch the wu-flu.

But SSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you don't wear your fake mask.


Sue
Happy Valley
on May 7, 2020 at 11:00 am
Sue, Happy Valley
on May 7, 2020 at 11:00 am

Pleasanton Parent...it's never ok to steal. Period.


Arroyo2
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2020 at 11:18 am
Arroyo2, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2020 at 11:18 am

Why did it take almost two weeks to get his photo in front of the public? It could be that PPD knows he'll get out of jail on a no-bail release anyway. Why waste the time. Welcome to California.


A. Michael
Bonde Ranch
on May 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm
A. Michael, Bonde Ranch
on May 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm

How is what this guy did any different than voting down a school funding initiative? At least he didn’t try to come on this blog and try to make himself out to be a community hero.


Transparency...........
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm
Transparency..........., Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Has our new Police Chief made it to his desk yet?


Karl
Birdland
on May 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Karl, Birdland
on May 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm

Pleasanton Parent -

And you accuse me of being divisive..............


Hmmmm
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm
Hmmmm, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm

Oh well... good thing he is not cutting hair in a salon. He could be jailed for that. But stealing... it’s ok. Just a slap and a pass Welcome to the new world.


wow
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2020 at 6:01 am
wow, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2020 at 6:01 am

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