Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 24, 2014

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Pleasanton police have arrested a local woman for burglarizing her neighbor's home after the victims spotted her wearing their clothes.

Sormeh Angela Zupan, 39, was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property Wednesday after police executed a search at her home. The arrest stems from a Dec. 13 residential burglary in the 7750 block of Canyon Meadows Circle in which electronics, tools, clothing and other items were taken.

After the burglary, the residents installed video surveillance equipment outside their home. While reviewing footage on Dec. 31, the residents noticed Zupan walking in front of their residence wearing the stolen pajama pants and slippers from the burglary.

Nearly all of the victims' property was recovered, including home furnishings that Zupan had used to decorate her own home.

A celebration of life for former Mayor Ken Mercer, who died last week, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Pleasanton Senior Center. Services for former Councilwoman Karin Mohr, who died Nov. 11, will be held at 2 p.m.the following day, Sunday, also in the Senior Center.

Registration is open for the annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, taking place this year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4. Organizers expect the tour to fill and suggest registering now to reserve a place.

The free tour will include a variety of bird- and butterfly-friendly, pesticide-free, water conserving, low maintenance gardens in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that contain 60% or more native plants. More than 40 garden talks will be scheduled, as well as plant sales and workshops. To celebrate the tour's 10th anniversary, a Music in the Gardens feature has been added with Appalacian dulcimer, lutes, flutes, banjos, guitars, Renaissance and folk music, and the a cappella Berkeley Community Chamber singers.

Register at www.bringingbackthenatives.net. Volunteers are also needed to greet tour participants and answer questions.

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