Burglars hit downtown jeweler

Danville police to focus additional attention on businesses after-hours

Danville businesses are being warned to take extra precautions, following a trio of recent commercial burglaries during evening hours, and police are putting extra attention into the downtown business district.

Recent burglaries took place at the following businesses:

• Lifestyle Chiropractic, 417 Front St., on Friday, Oct. 15;

• Something Old/Something New, 155 Railroad Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 21; and

• Christe James Jewelers, 412 Hartz Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 7.

In each case, burglars broke into the stores and took undisclosed items, said Danville police Lt. Jeff Moule. All three cases remain under investigation.

Danville police say there are things that business owners can do to help minimize the risk of any further commercial burglaries. These include:

• Be sure all doors and windows are locked when closing up.

• If the building has an alarm, always set it before leaving.

• Store items of value in a safe place overnight.

• Understand and maintain all video surveillance systems. Know how to record, save and download videos captured by cameras.

• Periodically update surveillance equipment. Newer equipment has better video resolution and definition to help police identify suspects.

• Be observant, watch for any suspicious individuals in or around the business.

Anyone with further information on these commercial burglaries is asked to contact Detective Ben Alldritt at 314-3700 or

— staff reports


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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Nov 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Why would someone break into a chiropractic office? Just to steal computers? They couldn't have many customers paying cash, and even if they did you would have to assume they had a safe.
I hate to advocate for Big Brother, but if the trend continues the town and some of the retailers may need to think about cameras. They are a lot, lot cheaper to set up than they were ten years ago.
I don't mean to sound like paranoid Ricky but it does seem bay area criminals are finding Danville to be the land of dupes & easy targets.

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Posted by East End Danville Business Owner
a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

I want to make sure I am doing everything possible to protect my business and the others around me. Maybe we can learn form these events. Beyond the suggestions noted, it would be nice to know:

1. Were security systems present in these three cases and if so, were they armed? If they were present and armed, this suggests a bit more sophisticated burglar(s).
2. Can we provide a more narrow estimation of time? The article states " the evening hours..."

I would also suggest motion sensor or timer controlled lighting as an added deterent.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

Bone thugs from the Dougherty Valley affordable housing compound across from the Dougherty Valley high school are driving up local crime.

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Posted by Geoff Gillette
a resident of Danville
on Nov 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

Good morning!

Thanks to Derek and East End Business Owner for raising some great questions.

We certainly appreciate your concerns and we want all of our residents and businesses to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, because there is an ongoing investigation we can't discuss the specific details of those burglaries.

What we would like to do, though, is encourage business owners to contact the Danville Police Department and set up a meeting with an officer to discuss how best to keep your business safe. To schedule a security check, contact Detective Ben Alldritt at (925) 314-3700 or

Thanks and have a great day!

Geoff Gillette
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville
Phone: (925) 314-3336

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Danville
on Nov 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

What are "bone thugs"?

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Posted by Question
a resident of Danville
on Nov 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I have even a better question: Why would anyone in their right mind go to a chiropractor? You do not even need a college degree to get into chiropractic school, and most of them were C or worse students in high school. These so called "doctors" run these ads claiming they can cure everything under the sun. Of course, they claim to be against medications and surgery, because in CA they are not allowed to prescribe medications or do surgery. Chiropractice was started by a Mr. Palmer who claimed he restored a deaf patients hearing by allegedly just pressing on his spine.

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Posted by Happy Chiropractic Patient
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

This is in response to "Question"... what in the world does your comment have to do with the article? You might want to find another forum for your "opinions".

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Posted by mj
a resident of Danville
on Nov 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Hey Bucko! Don't knock chiropractors unless you know what you are talking about. Chiropractors HAVE higher education not to be critized! Breaking into these Danville business has nothing to do with the education of the property the theives broke into. Let's hope the Danville Police Department are doing their jobs and investigating these crimes and hopefully stopping these thugs!

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