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Burglar bagged by sharp-eyed neighbor

An early morning burglar was stymied last week through the actions of a vigilant neighbor. Danville Police Department Lt. Mark Williams said a 21-year-old Danville man was arrested in connection with the Aug. 17 incident.

Williams said around 4:24 a.m. police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Oneida Circle on a report of suspicious circumstances. On arrival, the officer made contact with the caller, who said they had witnessed a male subject enter into a neighbor's open garage and take items from their auto.

As the witness was giving police a description of the burglar, the suspect walked out of a nearby house and out onto the driveway. The officer made contact with the individual, identified as Raymond Glynn, and after a brief discussion was able to ascertain that Glynn had in fact entered the neighbor's garage and taken items, Williams said.

Police reports state that items stolen included a cell phone, a bottle of vodka and a bottle of chardonnay. Most of the items were returned intact.

Glynn was arrested and transported to the Martinez Detention Center where he was charged with residential burglary and probation violation.

Williams said the incident highlighted the need for residents to make sure their homes are secure and to close their garage doors at night. In addition, he recommended that residents remove any valuables from their cars when they park.

— Geoff Gillette

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

Thank you Danville neighbor!


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Posted by Alamo Dad
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 28, 2009 at 9:28 am

Great resolution. Kudos to the neighbor (who was up and looking outside at 4-something in the morning!). It underscores a point I've discussed other times on this forum, though. The reporting party called Danville PD at 4:24 on a Monday morning, ostensibly a quiet time for police in Danville, and the suspect was still able to do what he wanted and leave the immediate scene before police responded. Fortunately, this was a relatively minor property crime, but what if the man had other intentions? Please don't think the police are your first line of protection. They want to be, but their role is largely reactive. Hope is a lousy defense.


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Posted by Free To Choose
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2009 at 9:52 am

What vigilance and - more importantly - action. Thank you "neighbor" for thinking enough of your community to make that call.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

It would help to know if it was a person from that neighborhood being opportunistic on foot? Or was it someone with a car driving around from a different neighborhood? Meaning, was it a one time thing from a random person up to no good, or are people driving through neighborhoods looking for opportunities and this is a consistent threat? As far as the individual who called it in, kudos to the vigilant neighbor who was at the right place at the right time. We all need to be neighbors for each other just like that!


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Danville
on Sep 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Doesn't anyone find it interesting that the items taken from the car were a bottle of vodka and a bottle of chardonnay? Only in Danville!


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Danville
on Sep 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I'm thankful for the neighbor that was up at 4:24 am in the morning looking out their window, in the dark, no less, to see someone snooping around a garage. I'm not so sure I would be so lucky.

...and to the burglar's actions, chardonnay.... vodka, cell phone, duh - what was your previous crime, stupidity.

Never-the-less - I'm sure our resident feels violated? But probable thankful the crime wasn't worse.

I'd like to say something prophetic - but I've got nothing!


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