Four Pittsburg residents were arrested Tuesday in Danville on a variety of charges, including drug counts and probation violations, after a citizen told authorities the quartet appeared to be "casing" a town neighborhood, a police spokesman said.
A Danville police officer responded to Macomber Road just before 5 p.m. Tuesday after a caller reported a suspicious vehicle in the area and provided police with a complete license plate, according to Lt. Allan Shields.
The responding officer matched the license to a dark-colored Oldsmobile Aurora in the neighborhood west of downtown, Shields said. The officer stopped the sedan and allegedly found the driver had a suspended license.
Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver and three passengers, all of whom were from Pittsburg, according to Shields.
Mark Christopher Pike, 39, was charged with possession of counterfeit currency, felony probation violation, driving on a suspended license and possession of burglary tools.
Tiffani Johnson, 33, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and several unspecified outstanding warrants.
Phillip John Fierro, 41, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs. James Maurice Ector, 32, was charged with possession of stolen property, felony probation violation and misdemeanor probation violation.
All four were booked at the Martinez Detention Facility, Shields said.
The lieutenant credited the concerned citizen with providing key information that led to the arrests.
"Residents can be our eyes and ears in the community," Shields said. "We encourage the community to let us know if they see something out of place or dangerous."