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Danville police make arrests on drug, theft-related charges

Officers remind residents to lock their vehicles, report suspicious behavior

Danville police officers arrested three people in separate incidents related to theft and drugs last weekend, prompting the department to advise town residents to lock their cars, avoid keeping valuables in their vehicles and tell law enforcement about unusual activities in their neighborhoods.

The first set of arrests occurred around 6:45 p.m. Saturday on Morninghome Road, off Sycamore Valley Road.

Danville police reported that a routine traffic stop led to the arrests of two people after drugs, drug paraphernalia and a set of lock-picks were found inside the vehicle.

The driver, 37-year-old Danville resident Kelly Tulchinsky, was arrested on suspicion of possessing burglary tools and violating probation, according to police.

Police said Tulchinsky's passenger, 26-year-old Concord resident Sarrah Coday, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, a dangerous drug and a pipe used to smoke drugs as well as having an outstanding warrant. Both were booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

The second incident occurred about 10 hours later, on Forest Hills Place near the San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Ridgeland Drive intersection.

An officer driving on North Forest Hills Place just after 4 a.m. Sunday saw a man shining a flashlight toward parked vehicles.

The officer contacted the man -- later identified as 44-year-old James Rivera, of Walnut Creek -- and allegedly found him in possession of methamphetamine and credit cards that did not belong to him.

Rivera was arrested on suspicion of drug possession, having a credit card without the card-holder's consent and possessing stolen property. Police also charged with him child neglect, alleging it was later determined Rivera left his 11-year-old child home alone that night.

The Walnut Creek man was also booked into the county jail in Martinez.

In response to the arrests, police advised residents that "remembering to lock your vehicles and to not leave valuables in your car are both key in helping keep criminals from preying on our community."

They also urged anyone seeing something out of the ordinary to report the incident to police by calling 9-1-1 for emergencies and 820-2144 for non-emergency situations.

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9 people like this
Posted by Greg T
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 28, 2016 at 7:24 am

Isn't it amazing how many crooks are running around these days that are either out on parole or wanted for warrants for other crimes.
I blame on proposition 47 which lets crooks steal up to $949, and have it only be a misdemeanor, which is barely punishable. Most don't even do jail time. Combine that with the fact that governor Brown and the Obama aministration are releasing criminals out of jail by the thousands under the guise of so-called social justice.
All us citizens need to be more Vigilant than ever.
Thank you Danville police for your good work.


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Posted by Dan Davis
a resident of Danville
on Jun 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

Prop 47 has to go voters.
Congrats to this publication for naming names and towns of the offenders.
Glad Danville police are vigilant.


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Posted by America
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 29, 2016 at 8:25 am

So many Americans as well as other people suffer from a terrible disease called addiction recognized by the state of California. People afflicted with this disease are not well and do horrible things, it hurts there family's, there communities, and everyone around. It has touched everyone in some way shape or form. I agree 100 percent we need to be proactive in resolving this matter. However we continue to fight on the back end of the problem, we need to reach out to our youth, reach out to our neighbors, lend a hand however we can to help prevent so much tragedy. Building more prisons, hiring more police and treating these fellow human beings with so much disrespect is not the answer. Remember we are all in this together and we are all responsible for helping. Unfortunately some people do need to be removed from society at times, but I do not think we should take pride in doing so. When we remove them we should do all we can to see they get the help they need, whether it be rehab, treatment, counseling, a safe environment, etc. We are all somebody's son, daughter, mother, father, how would you treat them and to what extent would you help them? Why can we not do the same for each other.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Jun 30, 2016 at 9:59 am

According to National Institute on Drug abuse 40 to 60% of people who go through drug treatment relapse - - for discussion purposes, assume 50% relapse. "America" thinks building prisons isn't the answer - - if segregating drug felons isn't the answer than giving them lock picks, flashlights for casing parked car, baby sitters for their kids while "they" are out looting, DUI'ing and generally being felons, heavy boots to kick in doors (as happened to a neighbor of ours) and replacement drug paraphernalia must be. The only rehabilitation chance we and "they" have is for "them" to bottom out and want to quit. Even then rehabilitation is a life-long struggle. Letting "them" roam free only assures "they" will do whatever they need to do to get a fix.


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jun 30, 2016 at 10:50 am

Does not help having liberal politicians like our Lt.Governor Gavin Newsome(who will be our next Governor)promoting marijuana for recreational use. This same great hero who blamed "problems with alcohol" for committing adultery with his good friend's wife, and he did a short stint in rehab(for political reasons) but he claims not to be an alcoholic and still drinks in moderation. Our politicians are sending the wrong messages to our kids. God help California.


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