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Attempted Vehicle Theft Prompts School Lockdown

Marylin Avenue was briefly placed on lockdown Wednesday morning during a police investigation.

Elementary School was briefly placed on lockdown Wednesday morning as police investigated an attempted vehicle theft, Sgt. Erin Cole said.

At around 8 a.m. officers were sent to a residence on Nightingale Street for a report of an attempted vehicle theft.

A man told police that he saw a person inside of his truck.

The man then confronted the woman, who was with a male companion, Cole said.

Both suspects took off running and were later found by an officer on Ora Avenue.

The woman, Rebecca Cruz, was positively identified as a suspect, Cole said.

Cruz, 20, is a Livermore resident. She was arrested on suspicion of attempted vehicle theft, Cole said.

The male suspect fled from officers through , and was last seen running toward Marylin Avenue school.

The campus was briefly placed on lockdown as a precaution.

The suspect was not located and is still at large, Cole said.

He is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, and was last seen wearing black pants, a gray-hooded sweatshirt, standing 6 feet tall and about 170 lbs.

Residents with information on the suspect are asked to contact the Livermore Police Department at 925-371-4900.

Mr. Pickles September 05, 2012 at 09:50 PM
It seems almost fitting that after rudely disrupting everyones day, this pair should be given a bed sheet and persuaded to choose the Dennis Jimenez option.
BigBetty September 06, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The mornings walk started out as usual. It was dripping rain drops, big fat ones, but I did not mind, it felt good. I heard someone yelling which caused me some alarm, when suddenly a man ran out in front of me from across the street, running faster than I'd ever really seen other than in a race. He was in black pants, black jacket with his thirty hanging out the bottom. I could see the bottom of his shoes for just a moment and could see they had lots of wear to them. Across the street, police had a young woman, and from where I stood she looked so young, and the fear of the moment turned into empathy, when I realized, the running man, had left her behind to deal with the police on her own, only thinking of himself. She wore black also, and maybe this is not their first troubles, but maybe just one of their bigger ones. The police were coming, surrounding the park where I saw him go, and I hoped they found him, and in my mind I could see him cowering, hiding in the brush, trying to quiet his heavy breathing, the sweat dripping off his head splashing softly in the dirt. His fear must be great, to be the hunted one, hiding like an animal in the bushes, wanting to bolt. She was alone now, sitting in the back seat of the patrol car, and tears quietly run down her cheek, with the question of why did he leave me here, alone. Should I tell them who he is? Should I betray him, like he has me? But, I love him.
BigBetty September 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
It should read t shirt, not thirty! Darn spell check!
BigBetty September 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I managed to upload one of the pictures I took!
Theresa jean cromwell September 06, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Is Bonita a writer? Wow, I almost thought I was reading a novel.
BigBetty September 06, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Thanks! Not an official writer, but this is just how my mind works! I was out for my morning walk and saw this going down, so I had posted the story and photo to Facebook. I did not know at the moment what they had done.
BigBetty September 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Thanks, but no! Not an official one!
DuenasFam September 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I wonder if this is where the cop was racing to yesterday morning. Unfortunately, he was in such a hurry that he fishtailed his car and almost slammed into me and my daughter. Not the brightest move when it's the first day of rain!!!! I understand trying to get there, but let's not lose common sense. That's a four way stop where kids cross to go to school also. He just ripped around the corner!!!
BigBetty September 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Yes, it was the same thing. There were many police cars, trying to catch the man who I saw running towards the school area.
SAB61 September 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Is this event related to the activity on Nightingale later in the day as well? There were three police cars in the street in front of my house when I got home yesterday at about 5:00PM.
Shelley Buchberger September 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
This is not bonnie and clyde here. These are two crooks who have caused stress and fear in someones life and if they had stolen the truck, possible financial hardship. I hope they catch the guy. He caused fear and panic in our children with the lockdown along with parents and staff. I hope they are both locked up for a very long time. I feel nothing but anger against them.
DAVE McCULLOUGH September 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Shelley I agree whole heartily ,hope that patch will post a picture of ms.Cruz so we can identify the criminal also she should be "FORCED" to name her partner in crime as you and I both know she knows who he is!
BigBetty September 07, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Yes, she needs to tell, I hope she does. My neighborhood is turning into a big crime area with gang activity and such. I hope they get him.
Peggy September 07, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I know this girl . She is bad news. Good to have her off the streets.
Cherry September 07, 2012 at 04:35 AM
This her? https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.cruz.5264?sk=wall
who are you to judge? September 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
you have no life
c September 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
good shes finally where she belongs! i stopped talking to this woman because she got addicted to crystal meth. and now shes breaking into cars, what a loser.
Darwinian Justice September 10, 2012 at 07:02 PM
We can judge all day long, loser. You're the one defending a car thief. *@#( off.

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