A pair of Livermore men are being held in connection with the theft of a purse from an elderly woman shopping at the Safeway store on Camino Tassajara.
Danville Police Lt. Mark Williams said around 4:15 p.m. May 12, San Ramon Motorcycle Patrolman Dave White spotted a white male subject run out of the Safeway store and jump into a waiting auto. When the auto sped away the officer followed and effected a traffic stop at the nearby Arco Station. Danville police officers were contacted and dispatched to provide assistance.
While conversing with the driver, identified as Daniel Barajas, 33, White noticed a purse lying on the seat. He asked Barajas and his passenger, identified as Kyle J. Ludwig, 24, about the purse. Both men appeared nervous and evaded the question, so White asked them to leave the auto.
When Danville officers arrived, they separated the two men and began a canvass of the area, looking for a person missing a purse. At the Safeway store, the elderly victim confirmed that a white male had stolen the purse from her cart and run off. She identified Ludwig as the thief.
When confronted, Ludwig confessed to officers, according to reports. Williams said that Ludwig claimed he had recently lost his job and was down on his luck.
"He said he saw the victim and decided he had nothing to lose so he took the purse," Williams stated.
Barajas was charged with robbery and parole violation. Ludwig was charged with robbery. Both were taken to Martinez Detention Center.