Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 29, 2011

Resident with video monitors helps cops nab two

San Ramon men charged in pre-dawn burglary prowl

by Glenn Wohltmann

A Medallion Court resident with a surveillance system helped catch two auto burglars Monday, police said.

The man watched on a monitor as two men broke into his car at around 5 a.m.; he made note of their descriptions and what they were wearing, then called police dispatchers and said the two had fled toward Regency Drive.

Minutes later, one of the officers that went to Regency Drive spotted a man, who dropped a plastic bag with a small flashlight, a screwdriver and change when police approached.

When contacted, the man was evasive in his responses to the officer's questions, acted suspiciously and stated he was waiting for a friend to pick him up in a Pontiac. At that same time, the original victim on Medallion Court was checking his neighborhood and located a Pontiac sedan that was warm to the touch, indicating it had recently been driven.

The victim identified the man he'd seen break into his car, and Kyle Pierson, 18, of San Ramon was arrested on charges of burglary, vehicle tampering, prowling and possession of burglary tools.

Police remained on the scene near the Pontiac, and at 7:40 a.m., a man got into the car and drove toward Stoneridge Shopping Center, where officers made a traffic stop. The driver of the car, 20-year-old Alex Nejat of San Ramon, admitted to officers that he had been driving Pierson around Pleasanton with the intent of burglarizing vehicles. He was arrested on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.

"In this particular case we found a 'multi-tool' similar to a Leatherman as well as a large ring of keys that would have fit multiple types of vehicles," Sgt. Michael Collins said in an email.

The two were booked into Santa Rita Jail.


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