Submitted by the Pleasanton Police Department:
At approximately 11:26 a.m. officers responded to the area of Blacow Street and Valley Avenue on a citizen’s report of a “suspicious looking” black Chrysler 300 sedan. The caller advised dispatchers that the vehicle’s occupants were getting out, knocking on doors and appeared to be “casing” the area. Upon arrival, an officer observed the described vehicle at the end of Blacow Court, solely occupied by a man who was talking on a cell phone and attempting to conceal himself by lying down in the driver’s seat.
Within a minute or so police dispatchers began receiving several 9-1-1 calls of two men vaulting fences and running through yards in the same area. Two individuals who matched their descriptions were seen by a contractor fleeing out of a yard on Hall Court. They were subsequently spotted by another officer as they ran eastbound on Valley Avenue, just east of Blacow Street. The two men were stopped and detained pending further investigation.
As officers were engaged with the driver of the Chrysler, as well as the two men who had run from the area, a third officer checked the back yard of a home on Blacow Street and observed several indications of forced entry attempts. The home backs up to the rear yard of the Hall Court home from which two of the men had fled. Witnesses positively identified all three subjects and were also able to place them together in the Chrysler sedan initially reported by the citizen who called.
At this time no other homes appear to have been entered and it is unknown if any property was actually taken. Arrested for burglary and booked into Santa Rita Jail were 18-year-old Keandre Valentine, 20-year-old Torin Armbrust and 20-year-old Kenneth Joseph, Jr., all Oakland residents.
Persons who may have witnessed any of the foregoing, or have information that may assist the ongoing investigation, are encouraged to contact the Police Department directly at (925) 931-5100 and reference Case 12-33135.
This case is an outstanding example of vigilant citizens partnering with the police department to ensure the overall safety of our community.