Danville police arrested a Castro Valley man for possessing burglary tools, drugs and a weapon early Wednesday morning following a traffic stop by officers working as part of increased and targeted patrols aimed at preventing property crimes in town, according to the police chief.
"With the significant increase in property crime over the last year, the Danville Police Department has been hard at work trying to stem the tide," police chief Steve Simpkins said in a social media post announcing the arrest.
One tactic, Simpkins said, has been to put extra police officers on patrol in specific areas that crime data show are most likely to be targeted by criminals.
That strategy reportedly led to the arrest of Micah Casey, 24, early Wednesday morning.
Officers working on the targeted enforcement stopped Casey for driving with expired registration near Camino Tassajara and Lomitas Drive just after 4 a.m., according to Simpkins.
Casey, the vehicle's lone occupant, was allegedly found in possession of burglary tools, a dagger, drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, according to Simpkins.
"While arrests like this one are a step in the right direction, we want all of our residents to know that we are working very hard to overcome the increase in crime," the police chief added.
He also noted that watchful, alert residents play a critical role in crime prevention. "Now more than ever, it is extremely helpful for you to call us when you see something out of place in your neighborhood," Simpkins said.