Danville Express

Community Pulse - November 2, 2007

Police arrest would-be burglar

Police arrested a man from Bay Point for allegedly carrying burglary tools in Danville last week, said police Sgt. Troy Craig.

Richard McKenzie was arrested on suspicion of possessing burglary tools and for violating his probation, which was for miscellaneous thefts, at Camino Ramon and El Capitan Drive around midnight, Friday, Oct. 26. Police made the arrest after patrolling the streets for burglaries, Craig said, adding that they have been concentrating on cracking down on thefts.

Police contacted McKenzie because it was unusual for a person to be walking in that area during that time, Craig said. Thieves have been targeting the area. Also, the police did not believe the suspect when he told them that he was hanging around Camino Ramon because of an argument with his girlfriend.

Sgt. Dan Hoffman and Officer Mike Ireland conducted a further investigation and found McKenzie had burglary tools hidden in bushes nearby, reports said. Police K-9 Donna located the items - a window punch tool, a flashlight and a shaved key.

Craig said McKenzie was meeting a Danville resident, who is suspected of being involved in thefts and drugs.

"We are monitoring his activity," he said, about the Danville suspect.

Craig noted his department has made contact with numerous people who didn't have a reasonable explanation of why they were in the neighborhood. Some have come from Martinez, Pittsburg, Benicia, San Leandro and San Francisco.

"If Danville residents see someone not familiar in their neighborhood, they need to call us," he said.

--Jordan M. Doronila

Motorcyclist takes to the bushes

An 18-year-old man hid in the bushes after he demolished his motorcycle in an accident at Camino Tassajara and Edinburgh Drive last week, according to police reports. He allegedly drove and crashed while intoxicated, said police Sgt. Troy Craig.

"It was a solo accident," he said.

A resident heard the crash at 5 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, and called police. Officers arrived and saw the damaged motorcycle; the suspect emerged from the bushes 10 minutes later. The man said he was hiding in the bushes because he was making a call to his friend.

However, upon contact, police noticed he had symptoms of being intoxicated and found he had a blood alcohol level of .12. He suffered from minor abrasions and was treated at a hospital and released. The police then arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.

"It's his first offense," said Craig.

--Jordan M. Doronila


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