Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - July 15, 2011

Police Bulletin

Quick clerk catches credit card con

A suspicious clerk who called police to the Hyatt Summerfield Hotel regarding an attempt to use fraudulent credit cards helped catch an identity thief, a police report said.

Two men entered the hotel in the 4500 block of Chabot Drive the afternoon of July 6 and attempted to use a credit card in a different name, the report said. Although the men claimed to be checking in for someone else, the clerk became wary because the room hadn't been reserved under their own name, according to the report; the card the two attempted to use came back "do not honor."

Police met up with the men outside the hotel. Brian Ward Rabitt, 34, was charged with possession of stolen property for possessing the credit card and statements belonging to two other people, providing false information to a police officer and identity theft, the report said. Rabitt also had an outstanding warrant from San Mateo for weapons and other charges, according to the report. The second man was not arrested.

In other police reports:

A burglary in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road netted electonics, tools and $400 cash. The incident took place July 12 between 2:10 and 2:40 p.m. at Finn Design Group. Taken was a laptop computer valued at $429 and a $40 computer bag, a PDA worth $199, a $399 smart phone, 10 flash drives valued at $200, a $90 bluetooth headset, a $199 Swiss Army knife, a computer repair tool bag and tools worth $150, chip readers worth $100 and a $20 wallet. A credit card was also stolen in the theft; entry was gained through the front door.

Computer equipment valued at $4,100 was stolen in a burglary July 11 at 6140 Stoneridge Mall Road. A $3,500 Dell laptop and $600 Sony laptop were stolen between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m.

Credit cards, $300 cash, keys, a purse and wallet were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at ClubSport between 4:25 and 5:25 p.m. on July 10. The wallet was valued at $230, and the purse was worth $200; a $100 PDA and $50 cell phone were also stolen.

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