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.