Burglary suspects arrested after woman finds them in her San Ramon home

Two men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on burglary charges after a woman reportedly caught them in the act in her home in the 400 block of Deerhill Drive in San Ramon.

Jonathan Botterff, a 26-year-old Pleasanton man, and Steven Gill, a 27-year-old Clayton man, were charged with strong arm robbery, burglary and possession of stolen property.

The woman reportedly called 911 around 2 p.m. saying she had surprised two intruders upon returning home. Police said she struggled with one of the men, who punched her in the face before fleeing in a green Ford Explorer. The woman wasn't injured from the assault, police said.

County sheriff's deputies located the vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 680 and stopped the suspects on Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek. There the deputies reportedly found stolen property from the home in the vehicle. The woman later positively identified both suspects.

The suspects were booked at Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez, according to police. Records show that Botterff is on probation for possession of stolen property and Gill is on parole for burglary.


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Posted by In Alamo
a resident of Alamo
on May 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

They both were on probation! If they were in jail; this would not have happened.

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Posted by Alamo Jone
a resident of Alamo
on May 5, 2010 at 8:28 am

The Jails are too overcrowded, perhaps they can convert the soon to be old "Firehouse" for the overflow! I hear there is a second property available as well.

e thankful, the woman was not badly injured and they arrested the suspects!

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

I am ashamed of you...Alamo Jone...mostly because you claim you are from Alamo, which I don't believe. Y[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] The jails are too overcrowded and remarking about the Alamo "Firehouse". Just pack up and leave Alamo. We don't need people like you around Alamo...move to Danville, they would love to have another ignorant soul walking the wonderful streets of Danville. Just leave...thank you Julia Pardini

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

Awesome community spirit and generosity, Julia. Wow.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Julia, What have you got against Danville? Would love to know. I am a former Alamo resident who moved to Danville in 1979. We are all 'one' community and negative remarks like yours are not helpful to a positive spirit.

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm


If that is your name, take note you are reading and writing in the Danville Weekly not the Alamo Weekly. Not to be divisive but your comments have not ever been constructive. I didn't think this Weekly was supposed to be so sarcastic and negative.

Too bad - we live in such a nice area, Danville, Alamo and Blackhawk. Our conversations could generate something good/productive. Possible interesting enough for others to read.

As for the lady in San Ramon - how scary, I'm all for the Danville women learning some self defense, a few kicks and jabs. The jails are full, no tax $ to keep them all in, the 'element' will be let out and will start stealing from others. Get ready!

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Posted by Willy T
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

Julia. Judging by your comments you might consider moving to Danville with the rest of us ignorant souls.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 6, 2010 at 10:23 am

Well, based on all the attention I received...I guess the truth is a little too much to handle. That's to bad, that's the reason our Country and our communities are in such a mess. Good Bye and Good Luck

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Posted by Ken
a resident of Alamo
on May 6, 2010 at 11:12 am need to get out more.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

Julia, talk about living in a bubble! My best friend just got back from Afghanistan and if you could hear the horror stories, you may reconsider your views on "ignorant" people walking the streets of Danville.

If you see a major difference in culture between Danville and Alamo (LOL) and really want to dose of "reality", get on a plane...or just watch the news once in a while.

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Posted by Gigi
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

Julia - You have proved you are more than an ignorant soul ! ! Your type is one of the reasons our Country and Communities are in such a mess. You are not one of the good souls but prove that you belong to those at the SEIU, ACORN, Appollo Alliance, Socialistic Marxists that are ruining our country with their uncooperative attitude to try to turn our country around. Go away and shut up please.

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Posted by S.B.
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm

you are extremely disrespectful and a complete idiot!
if you don't like Danville, leave.. if you don't live in Danville, even better, don't visit!

How dare you disrespect the people in this town to make yourself feel more important.. get a life

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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Are you guys just "meeting" Julia? This is who she is - I just feel lucky that I'm not filled with negativity about just about everything under the sun.

Alamo Jone - come by any time, and bring some of your Alamo neighbors. Together we can be our "ignorant souls" as Julia put it, and be blissfully unaware of the divisive language that perpetuates the notion of us/them, and simply enjoy the sunshine.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Enough about Julia!

Good for the women who had the guts to call the police! I'm sorry this happened, but unfortunately, this is the time we live in; more crime, more negativity. If I could go back to the good old days, I would in a second!

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Well, I'm pleased to see so many responses for all you wonderful people. Maybe Julia got up on the wrong side of the bed today. But WOW, she sure aroused a few folks today. Well, I think Julia will take a short vacation and re-charge her batteries. It's interesting, the subject matter was about the two thugs that invaded a home in San Ramon and out of 14 comments...12 were centered around Julia. There seems to be a lot of thin skin out there or just a lot of guilt. Either way, please keep those love letters coming. Thanks for listening, Julia from beautiful Alamo.
P.S. Yes Diane, it appears most of the comments came from new viewers. Again, good bye and good luck...but as our Gov. would say, "I be back"

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Posted by Abbondanza
a resident of Danville
on May 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

While the response to Alamo Jone was very uncalled for, do you people not see the rude remark aimed at the Fire Department? Alamo Jone apparently has bigger problems than Julia jumping down her throat. Maybe Alamo Jone needs to see a Chiropractor for the boulder on her shoulder about the Fire Dept..

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