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Caller says he's grandson, Pleasanton scam victim sends money

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions through Feb. 24

A resident of the 2700 block of Vista Diablo Court lost $34,000 in a common scam, according to Pleasanton police reports.

The victim fell prey to the grandparent scam, in which a caller claiming to be a relative asks for money. Typically, the con man asks the victim to guess who he is, and uses that name to get cash by claiming to be in trouble in a foreign country and asking the victim not to tell his parents.

In this case, reported at about 11:56 a.m. Feb. 24, the caller pretended to be the victim's grandson in Vancouver, Canada. The victim sent two wires, according to the police report, which said the funds actually went to Mexico.

In other police reports:

* Nadia Elina Estrada-Bamber, 21, of Sacramento was arrested at about 9:10 p.m. Feb. 21 at Motel 6 in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road on a misdemeanor count of prostitution. Estrada-Bamber was taken into custody after police contacted her outside the motel. According to police, she admitted she went to the motel to engage in prostitution, and her ad was allegedly found at a sex-for-sale website.

* A man found dead in his car in the 5000 block of Franklin Drive near Harland Financial Solutions was ruled a suicide, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office. No other information is being released about the incident, reported at about 2:03 p.m. Feb. 21.

* Michael Vaughn Shaw, 43, of Livermore was arrested on a Pleasanton felony warrant for possession of a narcotic for sale and drug trafficking. Shaw, who was arrested at about 9:42 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue, was also cited for a vehicle code violation.

* Jewelry valued at $2,950 and a $50 iPod were stolen from a home in the 5600 block of Owens Drive between 9:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Feb. 19. A $2,000 gold chain, an $850 gold wedding ring and a $100 watch were also taken in the theft. It's unknown how entry was made.

* A resident of the 6600 block of Amber Lane reported at about 2:48 p.m. Feb. 22 that a fraudulent account had been opened in his name and that charges of $919 were made at Lowe's in Sunnyvale.

* Lionesha Raquel Hamilton, 24, of Tracy was arrested at about 7:36 p.m. Feb. 18 in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road on a felony count of shoplifting for allegedly taking seven articles of clothing worth $578.50 from Macy's Men's, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools.

* A $450 laptop was stolen from a home in the 500 block of Main Street in a residential burglary between 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 p.m. Feb. 20. There was no sign of forced entry.

* Safeway in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue reported receiving a fake $100 bill in an incident reported at about 8:51 p.m. Feb. 21.

* An 18-year-old Hayward man was arrested at around 3:59 a.m. Feb. 24 at Denny's in the 6400 block of Owens Drive on misdemeanor counts of interfering with a business and providing fake ID to police.

* A resident of the 6100 block of Corte Trancas reported several applications had been made for credit cards in her name. No charges were made against her account.

Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

Last week, the Pleasanton Police Department also listed the following information in its log of incident reports:

FEB. 18

Shoplifting

- 11:36 a.m. in the 2300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

- 6:48 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Auto burglary

- 8:59 a.m. in the 4000 block of Cid Way

- 6:13 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Graffiti

- 9:35 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal and Vineyard avenues

- 4:22 p.m. in the 4900 block of Dolores Drive

Drug violations

- 10:06 p.m. in the 6800 block of Santa Rita Road; possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia

FEB. 19

Theft

- 10:43 a.m. in the 4500 block of Hopyard Road; theft from structure

- 1:54 p.m. in the 300 block of Rose Avenue; fraud

- 3:53 p.m. in the 5500 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard; auto theft

- 6:24 p.m. at the intersection of del Sol Avenue and Mirador Drive

Auto burglary

- 4:46 p.m. at the intersection of Stoneridge Drive and El Charro Road

Graffiti

- 11:01 a.m. at the intersection of Corte de Flores and Paseo Santa Cruz

FEB. 20

Child abuse

- 2:27 p.m. in the 6400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Residential burglary

- 10:49 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street

Vehicle tampering

- 7:56 a.m. in the 2100 block of Goldcrest Circle

Drug/alcohol violations

- 8:43 a.m. near the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Interstate 680; DUI

- 9:42 a.m. in the 4300 block of Foothill Road; public intoxication, drugs

FEB. 21

B Sex offense==

- 9:10 p.m. in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road

Theft

- 11:10 a.m. in the 6300 block of Paseo Santa Cruz; bicycle theft

- 5:34 p.m. in the 7200 block of Johnson Drive; auto theft

- 6:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; auto theft

- 8:51 p.m. in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue; fraud

Auto burglary

- 9:02 a.m. in the 6500 block of Lansing Court

- 12:36 p.m. in the 7600 block of Stoneridge Drive

Assault/battery

- 5:05 p.m. in the 4900 block of Drywood Street

Graffiti

- 2:24 p.m. at Sterling Greens Circle

Drug/alcohol violations

- 9:50 p.m. in the 600 block of Windmill Lane; possession of methamphetamine for sale, drug paraphernalia and short-barreled shotgun

FEB. 22

Theft

- 2:48 p.m. in the 6600 block of Amber Lane; fraud

- 4:27 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting

Residential burglary

- 4:05 p.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive

Auto burglary

- 4:11 p.m. in the 6100 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

DUI violations

- 2:09 a.m. in the 700 block of Main Street

- 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of Owens and Hacienda drives

FEB. 23

Drug/alcohol violations

- 2:10 a.m. in the 5200 block of Hopyard Road; DUI

- 10:11 p.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street; possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia

FEB. 24

Theft

- 11:56 a.m. in the 2700 block of Vista Diablo Court; fraud

- 3:02 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting

- 9:57 p.m. in the 4100 block of Cristobal Way; fraud

Prowling

- 3:59 a.m. in the 6400 block of Owens Drive

Vandalism

- 11:00 a.m. in the 3200 block of Lagoon Road; graffiti

- 3:37 p.m. in the 5700 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard

- 5:03 p.m. in the 7800 block of Medinah Court

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