Police: Danville teens help stop bike thief

Danville PD officials praise boys for helping officers find offender

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.”

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Nov 15, 2019 at 8:28 am

Great job, Danville teens, and Danville PD, in catching this criminal! Danville appears to be one of the last sane towns in the Bay Area where victims of crime and the police who risk their lives every day to protect strangers are valued and praised, rather than criminals.

It is sickening to read that the new DA of San Francisco will not enforce what he calls "quality of life crimes", such as public urination, prostitution, and other criminal activities, but rather his focus is attacking the police and treating them as the enemy.

Our criminal justice system depends on checks and balances, where the DA seeks to speak for the people who want to protect society and victims of crime, and the Public Defender seeks to protect the rights of criminals. This checks and balances is disappearing in the Bay Area, as the new DA in San Francisco was a life long Public Defender, proud socialist who studied with Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and who claims his parents were "political prisoners" when in reality they belonged to an underground militant group and they drove the get away car that robbed a Brinks truck and killed two police officers in the process. Killing police officers in CA who tried to stop a bank robbery does not make you a "political prisoner", it makes you a cop killer, and in many states you would get the death penalty. Just when you think San Francisco could not get any worse, with drug dealers, junkies, public urination, record number of car burglaries, and rampant chaos that takes the rights away from law abiding citizens, they reach a new low, with their Socialist DA.

If this was San Francisco, they would attack the police for arresting this "poor guy" who simply wanted to borrow a bike and see if any car doors were unlocked as he really needs to find some things belonging to others to sell for food. The rights of the teen who owned the bike, the rights of the people who owned the cars that he tried to break into, would not matter, as they are "those damn 1 percenters" who don't matter. Of course, as noted in this story, this great guy is a convicted sex offender, on probation, so with this arrest and probation violation he will be going away and will no longer prey on our community. If the police did not do their job, if the teens did not act like responsible citizens, he would be on the streets, stealing, and likely committing more sex offenses. Crime is crime, and if you violate the laws, there are consequences, and thank you Danville PD and Danville citizens for understanding this.

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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 19, 2019 at 12:48 am

Well, well, well...

Listen up, Dan and Jeniffer of Danville!

Bike thief, Peter Edward Voss, was 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.

Hey Dan and Jeniffer, see what I was talking about? One thing leads to another... in other words, Voss had warrants out for his arrest - which Danville PD became aware of once they nailed the idiot for bike theft.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Danville
on Nov 19, 2019 at 5:50 pm

Lock him up and keep him locked up. Don't insult the kids by setting him free. Repeat offenders don't deserve another chance.

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