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Community Pulse - July 11, 2008

Railroad jewelry store burglarized

Smith Jewelers on Railroad Avenue in Danville was burglarized early Tuesday morning.

Danville Police responded to an alarm just after 5 a.m. When they arrived at the shop they found the front door pried open and the sliding rollup security door breached. Inside, several of the display cases were also pried open.

"There was obviously an apparent loss of jewelry from the location," said Sgt. Dan Hoffman.

The owner confirmed the loss, but police are not able to disclose a list of missing items or a value amount at this time. Hoffman did say the store's larger-value items are kept in safes that were not broken into.

The surveillance cameras showed two subjects wearing masks and gloves enter through the front door, force their way into a couple of display cases and put jewelry into bags they were carrying. They exited through the front door shortly before the officers arrived at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone who noticed suspicious activity near Smith Jewelers around 5 a.m. Tuesday should contact Sgt. Dan Hoffman at 314-3703.

--Meghan Neal

Illegal fireworks reported

The Danville Police Department received more than two dozen calls from residents reporting the use of illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend.

The first call was at 6:30 p.m. and they kept coming in until about 11 o'clock that night, according to last week's police report.

"The noise is definitely a part of it but I think a lot of concern comes from the dangers that fireworks pose, especially given this weather and how dry it is outside," said Lt. Mark Williams. Fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County for safety reasons.

The perpetrators were mostly kids, but some adults did partake in setting off fireworks, he said.

"It's a tradition," conceded the lieutenant.

The police department and San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District made an effort to educate residents this year on the dangers of using illegal fireworks, particularly given current drought conditions.

Williams said compared to past years, last weekend wasn't so bad. Police didn't issue any citations and no fires were started in relation to the fireworks.

--Meghan Neal


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