The Danville Police Department has publicly praised the actions of four 13-year-old boys whom they say directly contributed toward the apprehension of a bike thief.
Police say they were able to arrest a 31-year-old man, after the four boys reported to a security officer that they saw the man looking into cars and tugging on door handles.
“This incident actually happened a few weeks ago, but we wanted to give a shoutout to some of our local young people who were instrumental in helping stop a crime,” Danville police officials said in a Facebook post. “We want to give a lot of credit to these four young men. They saw something, they said something, and it led to the arrest of a criminal and the return of stolen property.”
After alerting police of the incident, officers reported finding Peter Edward Voss riding a stolen mountain Bike on the Iron Horse Regional Trail near San Ramon Valley Boulevard -- police added that the bike was reported stolen from a local school while the owner was attending class on Jan. 25.
“The stolen bicycle was returned to the owner, thanks in large part to the fact that when the victim made the initial report in January, they provided a photo of the bicycle and the serial number,” police said.
Voss was then booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for possession of a stolen bicycle, tampering with vehicles and for probation violation. Voss has been known to police officers in the San Ramon Valley; in 2016 he was arrested by the San Ramon Police Department on suspicion of sexually assaulting a ride-share driver.
Danville Police Chief Allan Shields said he was very proud of the teen and felt that they showed “exceptional character identifying and reporting someone doing wrong in their community,” according to police officials.
“Each of the teen’s, through their reporting of suspicious activity, demonstrated to everyone the type of character that builds a community as strong as Danville,” police added. “Another positive note, it would seem apparent that Voss looked into several windows and didn’t find anything to steal -- kudos to all the motorists who parked their cars and did not leave any valuables in sight.”