Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 24, 2011

Pleasanton resident helps nab mail thieves

Hundreds of checks seized in vehicle search

by Glenn Wohltmann

Pleasanton police are thanking an alert resident on Independence Drive for her help in catching thieves responsible for stealing hundreds of checks from throughout the Bay Area.

That woman happened to be looking out her window just before 9 a.m. June 16 when she saw outgoing mail stolen from her curbside mailbox, a police report said. The woman called 911 and described the two male adults and the vehicle they left in, a black Cadillac Escalade.

While police units were en route, a community service office spotted that Escalade speeding away, headed south on Sunol Boulevard and radioed the location to officers. The Escalade was stopped on eastbound I-580, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Jeff Bretzing.

"We were never in pursuit of that vehicle. The driver did not attempt to flee," he said, adding that other officers arrived with lights and sirens in what he called "a high-risk stop."

A search of the Escalade revealed not only checks stolen from the victim but hundreds of other checks from Pleasanton and throughout the Bay Area, the report said.

Marcellus Lewis, 38, Kenyatta Island, 34, and Kent Battle, 27, all of Oakland, were arrested for mail theft and possession of stolen property. The three were booked into Santa Rita Jail.

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