Posted by mall shopper, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 8:50 am
Wow,this sounds like a pair of seasoned shoplifters who are not afraid of confrontation by authority. Hopefully, jail will be a bit more intimidating for them! Good Job Penney's for not letting these two get away with your goods!! Sick of hearing about all the thugs at the mall..
Posted by Stoneridge shopper no more, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:22 am
Wow we can't even shop at Stoneridge anymore without hearing about crime. Over the holidays some kid gets jumped in the parking lot, a few weeks ago someone using a stolen credit card now this. I guess it's desperation for some people due to the economy but its sad to see here in Pleasanton.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:04 am
Why is BART mentioned for every mall crime? Is there a report somewhere that shows that connection to each incident? A web site, or at the police station? Trains that only depart every 15 minutes does not seem like a good get away option.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm
Mike wrote: "Why is BART mentioned for every mall crime? Is there a report somewhere that shows that connection to each incident? A web site, or at the police station? Trains that only depart every 15 minutes does not seem like a good get away option."
If you look at the annual Pleasanton Police report, you'll see that the crime rate in recent years is actually LOWER than it was before BART came to Pleasanton. So, no, blaming BART makes no sense. The problem, if there is one, is not BART but the mall itself. It's no surprise that many property crimes are related to malls. There's shoplifting, auto theft, big crowds with people not watching their belongings, etc.. I'm sure that when Pleasanton allowed Stoneridge Mall to open here that it was recognized that there would be some amount of increased crime related to the presence of the mall, but that the positives outweighed the negatives. The bottom line is that closing Pleasanton BART won't reduce crime rates much but closing Stoneridge Mall will. Anyone want to do that?
Posted by franco, a resident of the Vineyard Hills neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm franco is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Allow that the original BART comment could be a joke. The feared increase in crime, especially at Stoneridge mall, that BART would bring has been argued in the PW threads in the past. A lot began when construction began on the long-planned-for West Dublin station. Quite a few Pleasanton residents were caught by surprise, and thus began the BART-will-bring-crime-to-Pleasanton arguments.
Of course, the miscreants arrived and tried to depart by car. Can you imagining carrying your stolen load and waiting on the platform for the next train?
Posted by Michael L., a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2013 at 8:06 am
Why is it that every time I hear someone talking about being a local I envision some old ornery coot who doesn't know history or anything about the outside world. Ptown native at what point does one become a local? I've been here 16 years is that good enough for you? Is 30 years, 60 years? Considering that Ptown went from a few thousand people in the 60's to over 65,000 now I'd say that most people are transplants, unless you locals were procreating faster than rabbits.
Perhaps you were born here, maybe even your father, but at the most your grandfather was a native considering that Ptown was founded in the late 1800's. That is unless you are descended from the Ohlone who were fishing in the marsh that was in the Stoneridge area for thousands of years before you locals drained it to make roon for the Stoneridge mall, which wouldn't even be there if it wasn't for the rest of us being here to shop there.
As far as the crime it seems that we are talking about 3 very minor incidents in several months. You make it sound like this is Kabul or Bagdad.