A timely phone call from a sharp-eyed employee resulted in the arrests of four individuals in connection with burglaries at two Danville stores. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said they received a call at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday morning from an employee at the CVS Pharmacy inside the Sycamore Shopping center,who had spotted a woman in the store who had previously stolen items.
Officers were dispatched to the scene and preceded to stage outside the store. When the woman and three accomplices attempted to leave in their vehicle they were stopped. On contact, two of the suspects gave false names and two were on probation. A search of the vehicle turned up several hundred dollars of Walgreens items and another $100 in items taken from CVS.
Arrested were Union City resident Anita Crabtree, 30, Hayward residents Natasha Barraza, 30; Timothy Moore, 53, and Javier Almaguer, 31, who had been released from Santa Rita Jail on bail that morning.
Officers took statements from the suspects and reviewed videotapes from the CVS, as well as the Walgreens store (611 San Ramon Valley Blvd.), before taking the quartet into custody. Keys from a hotel in Hayward were found on two of the suspects. A search of the hotel turned up heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs, as well as suspected stolen property.
Simpkins said he was pleased they were able to stop what was clearly a team of criminals.
"These people obviously were experienced in what they did," Simpkins said, "They worked together and knew exactly what they wanted." He added, "They just made the mistake of coming to Danville to conduct their business."
Simpkins said the suspects said they came to Danville because they thought they could easily get away with the thefts, using one person to disable security and one to secure stolen items. The foursome also used old CVS receipts to deter suspicion.
Further charges may be assessed pending the completion of the investigation. All four were transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.