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on Dec 8, 2011
I'm glad the suspect was caught, but check out the list of things stolen! I can't believe there are so many idiots out there who leave valuables inside their car. Do they REALLY think it's safe? Apparently so! Maybe they'll learn now (nah, probably not).
Quit blaming the victims of crime.
In case you haven't noticed there's been a big spike in auto burglary (theft from vehicle) throughout the East Bay and Pleasanton included. I suspect that other types or theft crimes are trending up as well both due to the economy and holiday time.
I know there is very little sympathy in most cases for those who leave their doors unlocked but it can happen to the best of us. Me and my wife are extremely security conscious, and I'm bordering on paranoid, and yet it happened to us 2 weeks ago. Somehow accidentally my wife left her car doors unlocked - either it was because she was juggling grocery bags or papers/etc from work and could not hit the button and then later forgot - or pressed it but not well enough or whatever, she left the doors unlocked.
Just before 2am a car quickly pulled up in front of the house, passenger emerged, and very calmly checked each car to see if it would open by the handle. Jackpot. No big score by any means but nevertheless - he got what he could in under 2 minutes and then moved on presumably to the neighbors. Maybe 1 in 20 or 1 in 50 or even 1 in a hundred will be open due to laziness, carelessness, forgetfulness, or whatever. It's a numbers game.
I have this incident recorded on very clear HD video and have turned it over to the PPD along with a report. Double-triple clicking the lock buttons now.
I followed up on this story, the suspect in question was found to have pot on him and was trying to make a delivery of said pot to a car. He ended up dropping it at the wrong car. As for the gift cards, interestingly enough, it turns out the cops lied as to where they found them. There was no second house, and the suspect presented receipts for the gift certificates in court. This article is basically slander; it would be wise for everyone to read up on some actual facts (not some hack job news story gleaned from a police blotter in a small town) before we actually pass judgements on DiCorti (suspect)...
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