Livermore Trio Arrested, Linked to Danville Car Break-ins

A quick-thinking resident lead to the Danville Police arresting three suspects from Livermore on suspicion of breaking into a vehicle and possessing stolen property.

Danville Police arrested three suspects early Monday morning for breaking into several cars on and around Hill Meadow Place, Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said.

A quick-thinking resident heard noises by the car and witnessed individuals taking items to another parked car, Simpkins said. The resident immediately called the police. The incident took place around 3:24 a.m.

The suspects fled in a vehicle before officers arrived but the resident was able to give a detailed description to responding officers.

"This is another case of when a resident sees something out of place to always give us a call," Simpkins said.

Based on the description of the suspects' vehicle, a Danville Officer was able to locate and stop the getaway car.

The three individuals in the car were found with items that police were able to identify as stolen property from Danville residents, Simpkins said.

Arrested were:

  • Jacob Kober, 23, of Livermore
  • Caitlin Affleck, 20, of Livermore
  • Russ Mendenhall, 34, of Livermore

Simpkins said as people started to wake up Monday morning, the department received several calls of car break-ins. "The (items) we found in the car, we were able to (link back) to items in other break-ins that morning," he said.

He added that three break-ins (all within a mile radius of Hill Meadow Place) are connected to the arrests. Items total about $3,000, he said, and include electronics, tools, golf clubs, among other things.

The cars that were broken into were wither unlocked or the windows were partially down, he said.

"(It's important to) lock all doors, roll up all windows, and keep valuables out of sight," Simpkins said. "Most importantly call us if you see anything out of the ordinary."

Simpkins said it's too early to tell if these three suspects had anything to do with the uptick in car break-ins in Danville in March and April.

All three suspects were charged with probation violation, grand theft and possession of stolen property. Kober was also arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for burglary. The suspects are being held at the Martinez Detention Facility.  

Simpkins praised the quick actions of both the victim and the arresting officer.

“This was one of those times that illustrates how effective the relationship between the police and our citizens can be,” he said.

Loren June 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
one of them is trouble from the beginning-back in junior high, she was popped more then once for having alcohol on campus at mendenhall. some people just never learn
Local June 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Wow, what a bunch of F'ing losers. Get a dang job if you want those things!! GET A LIFE or go to hell!! Buy your own stuff. Thieves are as pathetic as rapists.
Sandy June 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
No doubt!! Losers!! I can just hear the folks of Danville now......."Figures they're from Livermore." Thanks a lot for the representation......
Local June 07, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Once a tweeker, always a tweeker......I'm glad that these idiots got caught.
Local June 07, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Once a thief, always a thief! I hope like hell they get the maximum penalty for this b.s. If they're tweekers and started out bad from jr. high then chances are they'll be in and out of jail their whole lives. Props to their parents for doing such a crappy job. *high five* WAY TO GO! Not!!!
Herb Russell June 07, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Time to start hanging out with people your own age Russ. Unless you're family or acting as a role model and providing an example of positive behavior, (burglary not included) you should NOT be hanging out and riding around town at 4am with kids that were in kindergarten when you were celebrating your 21st b-day! IMO
ceasar villapando June 08, 2012 at 02:33 AM
cailin June 08, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Im already out
Local June 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Losers. Grow up
Local June 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
To Valentina - no. I wasn't a thieving loser like your friends. If I wanted something I worked for it!
Ashley June 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
And you are proud of that?
Megan June 14, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Homeowner--do you know how to spell at all?


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