Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - December 13, 2013

Police Bulletin

Counterfeit currency leads to felony arrests

A man and woman were arrested on Dec. 9 after attempting to use fake $100 bills at two stores in the 2300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road.

Darren Brandon Williams, 21, of Oakland and Dominique Jermaine Getridge, 23, of Fairfield were arrested for trying to pass four bogus $100 bills at Forever 21 and Abercrombie & Fitch in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

In other police reports:

* Stealing a snack led to a felony arrest of an Oakland man at Walmart on Dec. 5. Steven Lamarr Sheriffe, 62, was arrested at about 9:03 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Avenue after the theft of a $2.20 bottle of Coke and $2.98 in croissants. The count was bumped to a felony because Sheriffe had three prior theft convictions.

* Toni Matsue Rivera, 31, of Pleasanton was arrested at 10:17 a.m. Dec. 7 at her home in the 3400 block of Cumberland Gap Court on felony and misdemeanor warrants for possession of a controlled substance and petty theft, both out of Pleasanton.

* A scam commonly used against people from other countries netted $8,000.

In that case, reported at 4:28 p.m. Dec. 6, a person claiming to be with the state police called a resident of the 6200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road to say he owed money. The victim purchased 16 Green Dot cards worth $500 apiece from CVS and gave the con artist the digital code to unlock them. Green Dot cards are reloadable prepaid cards that can be used anywhere once they are activated.

* Two homes were hit by burglars in recent days.

In the most recent, a resident of the 4000 block of Page Court reported leaving her home at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9 and on her return at 5 p.m., she found her home had been ransacked.

An undisclosed amount of cash taken along with a $1,000 white gold diamond ring and a jewelry set containing a necklace, earrings, a watch and a bracelet of unknown value. A screen was pried open and the sliding glass door of the home was broken in the break-in.

Jewelry and cash were stolen in a Dec. 3 residential burglary of a home in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue. A $600 gold wedding ring, a $600 gold chain and a $300 gold bracelet were taken, along with $650 cash. The break-in occurred between noon and 12:28 p.m.; it's unknown how the home was entered.

Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

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