Pleasanton police have released a photo of the car used by burglars fleeing from a daytime break-in Monday morning and was last seen speeding toward Interstate 680.
The attempted burglary was interrupted by the resident and was one of three daytime burglaries that occurred over the last week, with at least two committed by the same team, according to police reports. However, a surveillance camera picked up a shot of the car, which has now been released to the media.
A man was at his home in the 8000 block of Regency Drive at about 11:35 a.m. when he heard his doorbell ring. He chose not to answer the door, but moments later, spotted a man trying to enter the home by forcing open a sliding window on the side yard.
"Upon being seen by the resident, the would-be burglar fled to the street and into an awaiting black, four-door sedan with two occupants," according to a news release. "The vehicle sped out of the Laguna Oaks development toward Foothill Road."
The homeowner called Pleasanton Police Department to report the incident, and as officers were headed to the scene a driver turning onto Stoneridge Drive from Foothill Road saw the occupants of a black sedan throwing several items out of their car.
The driver lost sight of the car near I-680 but drove to the Pleasanton Police Department to report what she had seen. Officers who recovered the discarded property on Stoneridge Drive found miscellaneous items showing an address in the 800 block of Hopkins Way. When police went to that residence, they discovered the home had been broken into and ransacked.
Witnesses described the suspect vehicle in the two cases as being similar to a 2000-04 black, four-door Cadillac DTS, with gold trim. The suspects are described as one Hispanic male and two black males, all in their mid-20s.
The victim in the Hopkins Way burglary is still compiling a list of what was stolen from her home.
A daytime burglary March 23 in the 3600 block of Annis Circle netted nearly $9,000 in cash and coins. Stolen was $6,600 cash, plus about $1,500 in coins, a large plastic Budweiser bottle containing about $500 in mixed cash and a Playstation 3 valued at $200. The burglary took place between 12:30 and 2:43 p.m. Entry was gained by forcing open a sliding glass door.
The investigations are ongoing. Witnesses and others with information on the suspects and their vehicle are urged to contact the Police Department at 931-5100.
Police are also reminding residents to watch for burglars, who will often check to see if a home is occupied by ringing the doorbell. If no one answers, these criminals feel comfortable entering the side or rear yards to look for access into the home.