UPDATE: Pleasanton Police Looking for Would-Be Burglars Who Drove Off in Black Sedan

Police are looking for three men in their 20s who attempted to burgle a house on Regency Drive on Monday.

are looking for three twentysomething men who tried breaking into a Pleasanton house mid-morning on Monday, then drove off after being caught red-handed.

Police have updated the car description: It is a 2000-2005 black Cadillac Deville four-door with unique aftermarket rims, lightly tinted rear windows and aftermarket front fender vents.

We are attaching a photo of the car to this article, as well as two sketches of two of the suspects.

Around 11:30 a.m., someone rang a doorbell on Regency Drive. The resident was home but decided not to answer it. Moments later, he saw a man in the side-yard trying to get in through a sliding window, according to a statement sent out by Sgt. Michael Collins.

When the would-be burglar saw the resident, he ran into the street and into a waiting black four-door sedan with two other men inside.

They sped through the Laguna Oaks development toward Foothill Road, as the resident called 911.

Officers were on their way to the home when another driver, turning onto eastbound Stoneridge Drive from Foothill, saw people inside a black sedan throwing things out of the window. She lost sight of the speeding car near Interstate 680, but thought the whole thing was odd and called police.

Officers responded and found discarded loot in the street that showed an address on Hopkins Way in Pleasanton. Police went to that house and found the home had in fact been broken into and ransacked.

Witnesses told police that the car in these two cases was similar.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who may have witnessed either of these crimes, or has information regarding the suspects and their car, should contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100. 

Residents are reminded that burglars will often check to see if a home is occupied by ringing the doorbell. If no one answers, these criminals feel comfortable entering the side or rear yards to look for access into the home. 

Pat B. Unny March 28, 2012 at 06:43 PM
seriously, they had better get a handle on all this crime. What are we paying them for?
sd March 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Well lets see, there are how many houses in the city and how many officers are working at any given time. Im sorry if there are not enough officers to post one at every house and business. This is where the community comes into play and you need to do your part to help out. Cops are lucky to see sonething in progess 3% of the time cause they stick out and the crooks know what the cars sound like.
Michael Austin March 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I recommend that folks secure their yard gates. I have foiled two burglar attempts on my home simply because I had my yard gates secured from the inside of the gate and the potential burglar (s) unable to enter my back yard went into the neighbors yard.
renni rhome March 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I concur with michael. I keep my side yard gate lock. I had someone ringing my bell yesterday about 130 in the afternoon. I did not recognize the 6ft tall black male and electrd not to answer the door. However with my two dogs barking away, he left shortly thereafter. People need to remember to keep doors and windows locked.
Andy Smith March 29, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Editor: Minor correction needed. Third paragraph, first sentence reads: "When the would-be burglary saw the resident" It should be "..would-be BURGLAR saw the resident". Thanks.
George Withers March 29, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I remember this story from a song lyrics by War, "A Handsome Stranger In A Black Sedan Won't You Hop Inside My Car." It might not be a burglar, Watch Your Children!
Tanya Rose March 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Updated this article with a photo of the actual car - presumably caught on surveillance footage.
Tanya Rose March 30, 2012 at 06:18 PM
And Andy - thanks for pointing out the typo! Fixed.
Sue March 30, 2012 at 06:40 PM
what's the description of the men? black, white, come on tell us
Tanya Rose March 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Ah... our policy is that we don't include race unless we have at least three other specific descriptors from police. I know a lot of people don't like that, and I understand. I'm sorry!
PleasantMama March 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
In addition to locking your gate, make sure the door from your yard into your garage is locked, too! They go through those frequently as well. A lot of folks leave their door from house to garage unlocked, and if a burglar can get into your garage, they are home free.
Andy Smith March 31, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Your policy is to not include race unless you have three other specific descriptors? I've never heard of anything like this before. Why is this policy in place? So let's say there is an Amber Alert issued, but the only info they have on the suspect (besides the vehicle description) is: "white male with a blue baseball cap". Since there aren't three identifiers, does that mean you will not give the suspect description? This policy needs to be reevaluated---it is political correctness gone wrong. Very wrong.
P'town Momma March 31, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I live in L.O., we were shown video footage of the actual suspects. They were two black males and one Hispanic male.
Tanya Rose March 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Andy - This policy is actually very common; most newspapers have a policy like this in place, including the New York Times. In fact, when I was working as a reporter for the Contra Costa Times (2004-2009), the policy was that we had to have FIVE descriptors. I do understand why it's frustrating, believe me. I do see what you're saying, and you make a good argument. I'll include a link to a good discussion about the policy at the Chicago Tribune, which is similar to Patch's policy. It's something that we have put a lot of thought into, despite how it may seem. Here's the link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-schmich-0608-20110608,0,337913.column
Tanya Rose March 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM
p.s. just updated the story with two sketches of two of the suspects from Pleasanton PD
Jeff March 31, 2012 at 05:31 PM
That 'description' policy will someday lead to tragic results, if it has not already. We live in odd times.
Tanya Rose March 31, 2012 at 05:50 PM
The idea is that if there's no description other than race, that doesn't add any value to the description - doesn't help anyone FIND the suspects. Knowing simply that someone is in their 20s and white --- that doesn't lead to catching criminals. That's the idea behind the policy, anyway. I included that Chicago Tribune link because I feel like that articulates the nuance of the issue. However, I do see where you guys are coming from and you make good arguments. It's a good discussion to have. And by the way, I believe the NYTimes instituted its policy in the 1940s - so it's been this way for a long time. But that certainly doesn't mean we can't talk about it, and maybe someday the policy will change ... but for now, this is what it is. Hope you all understand.
timothy March 31, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I'd assume anyone coming up to my door unsolicited is suspicious. And if they enter my house and I am home, I won't hesitate to shoot them in the knees. Oh wait, this is California, burglars have rights here. Sorry. My bad.
Ed March 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Interesting. Respectfully, by the same logic, is it presumptuous to call the suspect vehicle an Acura... do you need 5 descriptors before you can call it an Acura? Basically to be cautious citizens we need to watch out for "Some car with some people who may be in some neighborhood allegedly doing something." Really?
Jeff April 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I guess I'm thinking that if you tell me to be on the lookout for a purse snatching white male in a red tank top (one discriptor short of the policy), it might help me make a call to 911 if I see one nearby...and avoid the three other red herring calls ( and resulting police responses) reporting the woman, Asian guy, and the fellow who is probably of Eskimo decent who all thought it was a nice enough day to sport a red tank that day.
PleasantMama April 02, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I agree that race on it's own is zero help in finding a suspect. It's like saying the guy/girl had brown hair. Really no help. But combined with the picture of the car, I think it's worth noting in case anyone living or working in the area saw them and can provide any additional information. You could easily break down the details of the car and come up with three other descriptors of the situation, right? And if they were able to make those two drawings, then they obviously have a better description from the homeowner than just race. Maybe they just didn't share those details with Patch.
Tanya Rose April 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
PleasantMama - You have articulated this better than I have. We're OK with including race, as long as there are other descriptors.
Stayhomemom April 03, 2012 at 08:36 PM
As long as they are in the home you can shoot, at least that's what the cops have told me. So I wish someone would try this I would allow them in and then blast away


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