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Pleasanton police interrupt home burglary on Blacow Court, arrest 3

Original post made on Sep 7, 2012

Three young men were arrested Tuesday afternoon in an apparent attempted residential burglary in the area of Blacow Street and Valley Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 7, 2012, 7:08 AM

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Posted by Mike4911
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

Good job by alert citizens and responding officers!! As a former deputy sheriff, I can tell you that the crooks do talk in jail about where it is easy to get away with crime -- and where it is not.

If the rest of Pleasanton reacts as these neighbors did, most crooks will choose other places to "work."

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Posted by Mark Hanson
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

My bicycle was stolen from my open garage in a span of about 10 minutes. Wednesday September 5th at 4:45. We files a report with the Pleasanton PD and they informed us of a rash of these types of thefts in Pleasanton and Livermore.

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Posted by Mittens
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Mark, arm yourself and shoot to kill. [Removed because it did not pertain to the issue being discussed]

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Posted by Mark Lassiter
a resident of Avignon
on Sep 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Be sure to arm yourselves. Keep multiple guns in each room. That way, when the theives enter and ransack your home, you'll have given them a nice stash of armaments to help further advance their careers.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Does the city have a fund to compensate individuals who deal with the daily stress of not knowing whether they will be faced with potentially life-threatening situations, even after they retire?


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Posted by Suzanne
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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Posted by Mitzi Turpin
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Mitzi Turpin is a registered user.

I was impressed by the quick response and thorough job the Pleasanton Police Dept. provided re: the Blacow burglary attempt.

The thugs in question ran thru my backyard as they were fleeing the Blacow residence (running into my wrought-iron pool gate and making all kinds of racket along the way). They didn't get very far at all before the police apprehended them.

I am very thankful for the Pleasanton Police Department and their concern for our safety.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm


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Posted by Suzanne
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Yes, it's bad enough that the perps allegedly burgled a house. But making all kinds of racket in their escape efforts should earn them at least another 40 years in prison.

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Posted by Suzanne
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Ah, Mitzi. Or should I say CASANOVA FRANKENSTEIN????? Well done, both on this and the 'abortion' post! Had me goin' I must say.

You're on a roll lately. I found your comments on the fascist jimfo's godline to politics thread to be extremely prescient and entertaining at the same time.

You've got some imagination!

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Posted by Benjamin Horton
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I would like this please removed from your website, it is bad for my reputation and the facts are not accurately construed.

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Posted by Glenn Wohltmann
Pleasanton Weekly staff reporter
on Aug 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Glenn Wohltmann is a registered user.

Mr. Horton,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

What we wrote was based on the police report. Here is the summary the police department submitted to the court:

"Ben Horton entered the Wells Fargo Bank located inside of the Safeway on Santa Rita Rd. in Pleasanton, Ca. Horton created a disturbance over a bank fee his checking account was assessed. Horton refused to calm down and threatened the bank employees that he had an IED explosive device in his hand and that he would blow up the bank. The bank employees saw Horton holding a small round cylindrical object in his right hand with a button on the top of it. Due to his behavior, the unknown object his his hand along with his threats, the bank employees believed Horton's threats to be credible and caused them fear for their lives'."

The report goes on to say that you were found outside Safeway hours later.

According to court records, the three charges of criminal threats were dismissed and you pleaded guilty to one count of malicious informing of false bomb, which is legalese for saying making a bomb threat.

Is that correct?

If I can answer any questions about this, or how we handle police reports or court cases, please feel free to email me at or to call my office at 925-600-0840.

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