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Police Investigating Pair of Home Invasion Robberies

Suspects remain outstanding in home invasion robberies reported Monday.

are investigating a pair of home invasion robberies reported Monday evening. Here is information provided by investigators:

Home Invasion 1

At about 9:16 p.m. police received a call regarding an interrupted residential burglary at the 1500 block of Heather Lane, near Scenic Avenue. When the lone victim confronted the two suspects, he was battered and struck with an unidentified object. He suffered moderate injuries and was transported to . Electronic equipment was stolen from the house and an investigation is ongoing.

There were at least two suspects involved in this incident:

  • Suspect 1: Black male adult, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with an average build, wearing black clothing and a stocking cap.
  • Suspect 2: Unknown male wearing dark clothing.

Homes Invasion 2

At about 9:51 p.m., two suspects forced a female victim inside her apartment from the front porch area on the 900 block of Catalina Drive, near Holmes Street and Concannon Boulevard. Once inside, they threatened and battered her and her boyfriend. The suspects held the victims against their will, and proceeded to ransack the residence. A neighbor came to investigate the commotion and the suspects battered the neighbor with a weapon. The suspects fled in a green full-sized sedan. Multiple items were stolen from the victim’s residence. All three victims sustained minor to moderate injuries.

There were at least two suspects involved in this incident:

Suspect 1: Black male adult with a trimmed goatee wearing dark clothing.

Suspect 2: East Indian or light-skinned black male wearing dark clothing and a ski mask. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Livermore Police at 925-371-4900.

Judy October 06, 2011 at 12:32 PM
Home invasions used to be rare - now they are steadily increasing. We need to do more to protect ourselves. Install deadbolts, be vigilant , and keep alarm activated. If you do not have a home security system -You Should... Try www.homesecurityalarms.net - most affordable system in the nation.....
mike October 06, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Really? I have never had the po NOT show up when I call. They have to prioritize your call and if there is something more important, they are going to handle that first. They are not always going to make contact with you if you are calling about a noise complaint or some other minor annoyance... The only way its going to get dealt with is the continually call the cops about stuff. They will realize that they do not have enough officers in the area and step up patrols. Really? Ban smoking? So now everyone who smokes is a criminal... I think i see why the police don't respond in a "timely manner" to your calls. If you don't like smoke, don't smoke, but don't infringe on our need/want to do something that you don't agree with. OMG Lets do some random thing that someone suggested on a website and that will solve all of our crime problems!!!! All of downtown is a hangout for every age and walk of life. You can't make it a crime to sit there on a bench provided by the city, intended for people to sit one, when there are people sitting outside of restaurants all throughout downtown. Lets ban the bars too! You know, since most people drink when they smoke, we should ban it. Lets just shut down all of the businesses in DT. If people have no reason to come there, then there will be no crime. We can all curl up in the corner and hum cum-by-yah until we fall asleep.
mike October 06, 2011 at 04:35 PM
This I like! Fight back every chance you get! It may be the last one you get. The more people that fight back, even if you are injured, will show these folks that they are the ones who might end up losing their life when breaking into homes. Is it really worth giving that up for a laptop or stereo?
Michele Walters Sunderland October 06, 2011 at 05:57 PM
I am reading all these comments in utter discuss... Where the hell do you people think you live... this is not PLEASANTVILLE... Guess what your going to see more and more HOMELESS,,,, the enconmy sucks... people are losing there houses and jobs and cars... Why not try and help instead of acting like we live in a freakin bubble. All I see is lets ban this lets ban that...umm if you havent learned from HISTORY.. banning things make it worse.... AND i hate to tell you all but crime is going to get worse and worse... if the economy does not pick up... and the LPD focuses on the crime and not the actual petty stuff Stop acting like snobs and open your freaking eyes.
Chris October 06, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Michele, you have a warped view of humanity. The economy is no excuse for violent crime. Those of us that got educated and work hard deserve to live in peace. Excuse us if we want a safe place to live. Regardless of bleeding heart liberals like yourself, the rest of hard working America will continue to fight for a safe place to raise our children.
Paisley October 06, 2011 at 08:29 PM
I think Michele has a very real view of the world. Just because there is "no excuse" doesn't make it *not* happen. The reality of economics makes it happen. You can hold your breath all you want. I repeat - every town is experiencing a sharp rise in crime. Additionally - SHE IS RIGHT! Crime will rise even more. In some ways you prove her right because you think just because you worked hard and got an educated you should be insulated. I worked hard and got an education. I thought I'd never see 1 in 4 men out of work. 30% youth unemployment. Upwards of 10% normal unemployment in most areas. But this is the environment we live in. Adjust. To me it sounds like you have a rosy sheltered view of humanity. And I'm not a Lib. It is happenening. Like it or not.
Say it as it is October 07, 2011 at 02:10 AM
To those who are blaming this on the economy, I'd like to say the police thinks the house in Springtown was broken into for drugs. Unfortunately, or otherwise, they got into the wrong home. If this was economy related then the burglary would have been for laptops, food, clothes, cash etc not drugs. So wake up and smell the coffee this is crime in real essence that has nothing to do with people trying to find means to survive.
Chris October 07, 2011 at 04:32 AM
What the other Chris said.
Sandy October 07, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Wow, Mike.......First of all, I am FREQUENTLY downtown. With my kids, most of the time. They see a teacher down there twice a week. So I spend a lot of time observing. I have had my 4th grade daughter looked up and down and had comments made to her........I won't fill you in on the details. Hopefully you might "get it." I've had my son cussed at by a psychopath that walks up and down the streets. He literally screams obsenities at people. Called my 9 year old an "a....hole" to his face, Nice, huh? Scared the crap out of him. I called the police. Nobody even so much as drove down the street. I watched for a half an hour. All the while I watched Pychopath cuss at other people. A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I came out of the yogurt shop on a sunny day, looking to sit down. Every single bench was taken up by YES! smokers!!! One .....obviously homeless, with his brown paper sack, smelling like a garbage dumpster.......laying across the bench. The entire bench. I dropped my daughter off. Came back an hour later....guess what? THE SAME GROUP OF PEOPLE were sitting on those benches. What about those of us who are spending money in our city, SUPPORTING our city??? And if you want to talk about smoking. How about MY RIGHTS? Why should I have to be subjected to your filth? I say no to lung cancer, thank you very much! I own a company, employing over 250 people. We are ALWAYS hiring. Most don't WANT to work. Why? LAZY! Don't blame the economy
RU11550 October 07, 2011 at 04:41 AM
Mike, Did your wife call 911 on her cell phone? If so, she spoke to a CHP dispatcher in vallejo. That would have probably caused a 10 minute delay in Livermore PD getting the info. However, you were not the only victim that night unfortunately, and the downtown bicycle officers made the arrest.
Sandy October 07, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Oh yeah.........Mike...........when I've called PD that's the first thing I tell the dispatcher, "can you please put a ban on smoking too?" Really, dude? Knucklehead......... And to comment on those who sit in the restuarants and the bars..........they are patrons!!! They are spending money!!! They are supporting local business!!! HELLLLOO!!!??? What are the punks doing on the benches for hours and hours besides making our city look like crap or grabbing people from behind, or throwing their disgusting cigarette butts on the ground for our children to have to walk over? And Michele........is there anything wrong with wanting to live in Pleasantville? You must not have children, because that is what us parents want for our kids! Pleasantville!!!
Mike October 07, 2011 at 05:26 AM
Hi Andrew. My wife called LPD directly. (We keep the number saved in our cell phones). Glad to hear they made an arrest. (Not sure how you know? Hopefully they got the right guy?) Anyway, thanks for all of your comments. Regardless of our frustrations, I believe we ALL have a responsibility to be vigilant but respectful to eachother. Afterall, we are all "neighbors". Let's stick together. Whether we are conservative, liberal or whatever. We share this community. Let's try to look out & take care of eachother, alright? -Mike A in Springtown.
Mike October 07, 2011 at 05:37 AM
Sandy, I'm really sorry to hear that this happened to you and your kids. You deserve better. We ALL deserve better. I wish I was there to help when it happened. I am seriously considering volunteering to patrol the streets. I can probably commit to doing it one or two nights a month. I am gonna discuss it with my family. If enough of us volunteer once in awhile, I think it will make a difference. I have met a few homeless people and even bought a meal for one recently. It is sad. Most would admit they got there by compounding some bad decisions. Some are drug addicts, alcoholics and maybe even insane. Most keep to themselves, but I'm sure most would agree, when ANYONE is high or drunk, they can be unpredictable. There are no easy one size fits all answers. I believe we just need to be bold and ask ourselves what we can do to be ready and protect ourselves when necessary.
a local citizen October 07, 2011 at 06:22 AM
Sandy, There are about 32 homeless people in Livermore. The person you encountered is not a Psychopath. That person suffers from Schizophrenia. Many of the homeless suffer from mental health issues, not laziness. Others suffer from substance abuse. Hopefully you nor anyone in your family will ever have a mental health issue. Evidently you did not go to the meeting at the Robert Livermore Center in May (see the link below). If you had you would be more educated on this social issue. I have heard a person say, "why not shoot them." Yah that's the answer. The homeless are not the only ones who smoke downtown. So society has a choice, either donate to organizations that can help these people or pay more taxes for the Government to take care of them. Here are some links to help you out with this issue. http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/Mental_Illness.pdf http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/schizophrenic http://livermore.patch.com/articles/community-aims-to-help-livermores-homeless
Say it as it is October 07, 2011 at 06:43 AM
Good idea to have the direct dispatcher number. I just plugged it onto my cell. Thank you. Mike, I can't believe you are the same Mike from Topix. I was wondering about that. This thread here is so civil and respectful, glad to see you in the same light. You have my respect. :)
Sandy October 07, 2011 at 04:36 PM
"Local Citizen"... thank you for the advice. I am not just one of those "complainers" that gets on my high horse and starts going off on things I am not educated about. I knew about the meeting back in May, because Vice Mayor Marchand told me about it. He was actually kind enough to email me personally. I am not one of those living in a bubble in Pleasantville. On the contrary. I am one of those liberals. I am one of those that hand cash to the homeless. But I'm smart enough to know now who needs the real help, and who is running their little corporation. My husband and I give to MANY charities. The biggest is to our veterans. Been doing it for 20 years. I worked in San Jose for many yrs and continually handed out food, cash, and YES, cigarettes . The park across the street from my office was a haven for them. I am all too familiar with the homeless and the mentally ill. My young nephew died this year after his tour in Iraq. Could no longer fight the demons in his head....mental illness got the best of him. My neighbor is schizophrinic. I am VERY familiar. I am outraged because I love this city. I am a strong supporter of the school my kids attend. We are a close knit family. I worry for those children. But let's be real. It's the gangs, not the homeless that are the big issue. Check out the Blue Bar and Saffire one Friday night. The graffiti gets worse by the week. The punks downtown are irritating. My car has been broken into twice. on & on........
Nine October 07, 2011 at 07:18 PM
does anyone know if the suspects in the heather lane incident were caught?
mike October 07, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Sorry to hear what happened to your kids as well, there is no excuse for any of that... Part of the problem that you are describing here is that there is not enough for the younger kids to do in this town. I moved here in the early 90's and there was nothing for us kids to do during the summer or even during the school year. In 94/95 Basset books starting hosting a free drum circle on Friday and Saturday nights. It started out small, I think there were only 10-12 people the first time I went and listened to all the guys and girls pound out some serious beats on their drums and other random items they made into instruments. Over the next year or two it became wildly popular with all age groups because it was a place that you went to hang out with your friends and have a good time with those around you. Best of all, it was FREE. You didn't have to pay to be there, just respect the owner and those around you. The police were there all the time to keep an eye on things. It was a meeting place for all types of people, young and old to get together and socialize without having to spend a bunch of money. We don't have ANYTHING like this now for the younger generation to do on Friday and Saturday nights, let alone the rest of the week. Thus, we have these younger folks who now just "hang out" on the benches and smoke. Would you rather they be there, or getting in trouble in and around town?
Sandy October 07, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Mike.......I graduated high school in 1982. So I'm a 70s child. I used to "hang out" and smoke, cigarettes turned to more. I went to all the concerts...... a "rocker chick" so to speak. After awhile just hanging out got boring. They had ZERO activities for the young ones in my city. We went to the mall most of the time. But I did have a job....at 15 years old. One day I decided to do "something" so I signed up to play softball. Later that turned into soccer. No more "hanging out." It felt good to be active. I am still very active to this day. So my advice to you is to look at the LARPD web site, go to the park and shoot hoops, go to the skateboard park. Volunteer at the local homeless shelter. Be a Big Brother to a boy who has no father figure in his life. Take music lessons. Or if you play an instrument, start teaching the younger kids how to play. Maybe get a job. Friday and Saturday nights, hang out at a friend's house instead of downtown. Heck, playing video games is better than hanging out down there. There is a lot to do out there. It's not the city's responsibility to keep you entertained and off the streets. Whatever excess monies the city has should go to our schools and our libraries, and putting more police on the streets. We obviously need them.........
mike October 07, 2011 at 11:11 PM
I think you misunderstood, i was referencing the youth of today have just as little free stuff to do as when I was in highschool in the mid/late 90's... I have plenty on my plate with my little ones.
MagnusT October 08, 2011 at 04:01 AM
OCCUPY LIVERMORE!!! Haha, now that'd be a hoot. Anyway, obviously the homeless made it here despite not having BART to ferry them, so there goes that argument. When a homeless man is convicted of home invasion robbery then maybe your fears will be justified. I think the vast majority of them get convicted of petty crimes, otherwise known as infractions (which are not crimes: Supreme Court), stuff like panhandling and loitering. Stop fear-baiting, please.
MagnusT October 08, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Perhaps the old folks are taking up where the young people have failed in their duty. I think it's called "lead by example". I hope some from the younger generations are paying attention.
MagnusT October 08, 2011 at 05:10 AM
Exactly. We have inept and incompetent government servants that no longer obey us and instead look to us to provide for them, so it's time to take responsibility for yourself. When we can finally get back control of the system and reform it then we can go back to relying on them to protect and serve us. Until then, I'm relying on Mr. Mossberg to keep the peace.
MagnusT October 08, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Sorry, Chris (both of you), but that's a rather irrelevant and self-defeating way to look at things. It's not like these people you complain of just need to go back to school and get a degree in something so they can get a job as the economy improves. In case you haven't noticed, the economy is crappy, has been for years, and is getting worse. I could expend a lot of words explaining how all of this was the inevitable result of a state-planned economy, and even make a good case that it was intentionally designed to result in the very "crisis" we are living through today, but then that would take us away from the pertinent point. That point being that there are going to be an increasing number of down-on-their-luck folks, not only here but everywhere, and castigating and ostracizing them is not going to do anything for anybody, least of all yourself. So you'd better learn to have some empathy and compassion for these people because it might someday be someone you know. It might someday even be you.
MagnusT October 08, 2011 at 05:20 AM
It's the kind of response you might expect from an ensconced government employee. Or a banker.
MagnusT October 08, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Instead of being "liberal" or "conservative", how about we all just be people? Divide and conquer: the oldest trick in the book.
Becky October 08, 2011 at 02:32 PM
To the idea of protecting yourself with a shotgun: You can't use violence to protect property. Self defence is OK, but shooting theives is illegal. A Livermore cop told me that there are alot of people coming in from other areas to do crimes in Livermore. I think we must must seem like an easy mark. But I would rather be protected by electronic surveilance, dogs, and a neighborhood watch than by guns.
marissa October 09, 2011 at 07:30 PM
So keep your doors locked during the day if you stay home. Always have always will. And i too see nothing wrong with having a gun for protection. Its how i was raised.
vel October 10, 2011 at 05:57 AM
I've lived my whole life in this wonderful town, I've NEVER seen Livermore look so trashy! We need to do something to keep our town safe! Especially now that we have a Rehab house!
Patti October 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Vel: We had a halfway/rehab house here YEARS ago. Don't know what happened to it. I believe it was on Junction Ave. Where is the Rehab house you refer to? I will say, I doubt it contributes to the rise in crime we have seen. Those residing in that type of environment must be on their best behavior all the time or they go back to jail or the streets.

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