Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - February 18, 2011

Police Bulletin

Police pursue leads in Wal-Mart robbery

A woman gave a whole new meaning to customer service by holding up a cashier at the Pleasanton Wal-Mart's return counter last week, according to police.

"A gal came in and presented a demand note to one of the clerks, stating it was a robbery," said Pleasanton Sgt. Jim Knox. "No weapon was seen, and the woman fled, taking an undisclosed amount of cash with her."

The suspect is described as a black female of indeterminate age, approximately 5 foot, 3 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair. At the time of the holdup she was wearing a black jacket, black shirt and black sunglasses, along with what Knox described as a round fisherman's-style hat.

The robbery took place at about 9:56 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Wal-Mart store in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive. Knox said no other similar robberies have been reported in the area and that police are pursuing leads.

Home burglary yields quarter million in jewelry

Jewelry worth nearly a quarter million dollars was stolen from a home in the first block of Puri Court, according to a police report, which said the robbery took place between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 11.

Among the items stolen in the theft, which totaled $247,805, were a diamond bracelet worth $25,000, four-carat sapphire and diamond earrings worth $25,000, and two plastic bags containing gold, diamond and sapphire jewelry worth $55,000, the report said. A rear window was smashed to provide access to the home, according to the report.

In another home theft, computer equipment worth $1,000 and an autographed Oakland Raiders jersey valued at an estimated $1,000 were stolen from a home in the 1500 block of Trimingham Drive, according to a police report, which said the theft occurred between 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15. A rear door was pried open to provide access, the report said.

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