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DPD: Pittsburg residents arrested after 'casing' neighborhood

Citizen reports license plate of suspicious sedan, leads to arrests

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."

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jun 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

Community at its finest! Whoever had the watchful eyes, well done. Good job Danville PD!


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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jun 9, 2014 at 7:30 am

Good job. If someone hadn't taken the time to report them they probably would have broken into several homes, or cars. There are those who have nothing better to do and no jobs that want what you have cause the government says they deserve it too. Of course, they are taking our current administrations mantra of "redistribution of wealth" into their own hands as well. Crime is not leveling off or getting better, watch the police reports - its on the increase.


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Posted by Xin Han
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jun 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

@Louise - Yaaaawn! don't try to politicize this.

Its crime, plain and simple .. committed for many reasons across all towns and cities nationwide. Nothing to do with who is in power.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

Hey Louise you are 100% correct...

Xin Han...Louise knows the reason and so do I as well as many in the Country.

It is you that has no clue of what the Administration is pushing.

I and now many other folks want to see the fool of fools leave the office he so disgraced.

Thank you Louise for saying it correctly and thank you Xin Han for just proving our point.

Julia Pardini from Alamo...


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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Jun 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Sure, Julia and Louise - politics explains why crime rates today, compared to 2005 (when we had Republicans in control of all three branches of the federal government, as well as a Republican Governator right here in California) have in fact significantly ***declined.*** Web Link

Yes, I know - reality is just an annoyance to right wing Foxbots. You have to keep your fear and anger at a fever pitch to avoid seeing something you're not supposed to see. So carry on with your delusional explanation that everything in the US must be worse today because of Obama. Say it over and over again, like a mantra..."Obama bad. Obama bad. Obama bad."

There. Feel better now?


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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jun 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for posting the CA crime statistics link, Peter Kluget.

Even though the federal government might have some sort of effect on crime rates, I think it is fair to say that CA state government has relatively more influence on CA crime statistics. So I thought it was interesting to compare the property crimes chart from the link you provided, with the terms of recent CA governors:

Deukmejian (R) 1983-1990 - property crimes mostly flat
Wilson (R) 1991-1998 - property crimes reduced, fairly consistently
Davis (D) 1999-2003 - property crimes up
Schwarzenegger (R, sort of....) 2004-2010 - property crimes down
Brown (D) 2011-present - property crimes down slightly or flat for 2011, and then up in 2012 (no data for 2013).

Admittedly, there are only seven "D" years in the above chart, versus 23 "R" years. Probably too few to draw any real conclusions.


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Posted by Haha
a resident of Danville
on Jun 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

All of you are full of sh-t crime is crime its going to happen either way you cut the cookie. Good eyes who ever called them in!


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Posted by Wes
a resident of Danville
on Jun 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Congrats to Danville PD. I appreciate you.

Thank you to whomever called this in. Very observant of you; I appreciate you also.

Crime is crime..... it ebbs and flows based upon a variety of factors, and politics isn't one of them.... Think (1) opportunity, (2) location, (3) environment, (4) economy, (5) time of day, (6) lack of security measures in place, ETC.


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Posted by hhill
a resident of Danville
on Jun 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

There has statistically been an inverse relationship between the economy and crime. When the economy is bad crime goes up and vice versa. So it seems reasonable to lay a measurable amount of the blame on the current administrations, both in the state and in the nation.

As we are all aware, government spending has been in the extreme since Obama took office. Such spending has historically created a negative effect on the economy. Mostly because much of government spending is focused on ensuring the reelection of incumbents, and does not necessarily focus on improving the economy. In short, it's policy based not job driven.

If we take this further we see that a lack of jobs leads to crime. Take into account that California's reported jobless rate is around 8 percent (48th in the nation). California's U-6 rate (a jobless percent, which accounts for those who are looking and those who have given up looking for work) is stated at 20.3%. One may now begin to see how government policy effects the economy and the economy effects crime. If you can't afford bread, you may choose to steal it.

But of course, we could just blindly ignore this and all other reason. I mean, why think when you can yawn.


Resources for Your Perusal

UN link on crime: Web Link

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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Jun 11, 2014 at 8:59 am

hhill, were you in a coma from 2006 until 2009? Because I wasn't, and as a result I'm aware that the economy was circling the drain before the current president took office, with over 2 million jobs lost in the three months preceding his inauguration, due to a recession which began at a time when Republicans controlled all three branches of government. The economy is significantly better now, both in California and throughout the nation, as the US has recovered from the recession faster than most nations which adopted different policies to deal with the crisis. By your light, crime rates should have plummeted over the past 5 years.

As for government spending being "in the extreme" federal government spending relative to GDP is lower now than when Ronald Reagan was president - look it up. (Web Link - table 1.2)

Of course, why think when you can parrot right wing propaganda?

P.S. for what it's worth, Haha and Wes are right. Crime statistics reliably track one factor - demographics. Crime is overwhelmingly the province of young men. More young men - more crime. Politics and the economy have very little if any impact on crime rates.


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