Three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of smashing the windows of at least a dozen cars and stealing items from inside around the same neighborhood just outside downtown Pleasanton last week, according to police.
In a post titled "Great Arrest" on the Pleasanton Police Department's Facebook page, police officials said the investigation unfolded around 2 a.m. Sept. 3 after a resident on Bonita Avenue heard the sound of breaking glass outside her house, looked outside and saw two shadowy figures with flashlights near a vehicle.
The resident called police and watched the strangers walk up the street while a car followed slowly behind with its headlights turned off, police said.
Multiple Pleasanton PD officers arrived and stopped a silver Kia Forte with Florida license plates (a rental), still driving with no headlights, the department said. Three occupants were detained: an 18-year-old man from Richmond and two 17-year-olds, one from Richmond and the other from Hercules.
Additional investigation revealed property had been taken from at least 12 different vehicles in the area in smash-and-grab thefts early that morning, with the stolen items found inside the Kia, police said.
"It was a great team effort by all," police said. "Thank you once more to all our residents who keep a watchful eye out for one another. This also is a good reminder about how important it is to take all valuables out of your vehicles. #BetterTogether."