Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - June 24, 2011

Police Bulletin: Wal-Mart confrontation leads to arrest

by Glenn Wohltmann

An allegedly drunk man faces multiple charges in a June 17 incident at Wal-Mart in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive, according to a police report.

Richard Karlson, 43, of Dublin had been arrested the day before at the store on a charge of public drunkenness. Store security, thinking he was again intoxicated, asked him to leave the store at about 8:24 a.m.; he refused and grabbed a cell phone from a security guard to prevent him from calling police, the report said.

Police identified Karlson, who by then had fled home. He was discovered hiding in his bathroom to avoid arrest, according to the report. He was charged with robbery, telephone theft, resisting arrest, making threats and trespassing.

In other police reports:

Computers were the top commodity for thieves in Pleasanton over the last week, with laptops stolen in three incidents.

In a June 20 theft at Valley Bible Church in the 7100 block of Johnson Drive, a $3,000 MacBook Pro and its case were stolen between 5:30 and 6:14 p.m. A $1,500 laptop was taken from the Hilton Hotel in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive between 5:30 p.m. June 18 and 9:30 a.m. June 19. An $800 notebook computer was stolen from a vehicle parked at Pleasanton Middle School in the 5000 block of Case Avenue between 7 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. June 17. That same date and about the same times, $20 in cash, a $40 blazer, $30 jeans and a $15 wallet were stolen from a vehicle in the same location. Windows were broken in both thefts.

A June 19 auto burglary at 24 Hour Fitness in the 5800 block of West Las Positas Boulevard netted $200 in cash, a $159 Garmin GPS and a $20 purse. The vehicle's window was smashed to provide access.

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