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Police Log: Lots Of Break-Ins, Plus Cops Uncover Chop Shop — For Bicycles

Notable incidents encountered Sept. 9 to 15.

As part of its investigations targeting burglaries, thefts, narcotics and gangs, a newly formed police unit unearthed a suspected "bicycle chop shop" in Livermore.

After recently identifying a suspected bicycle-theft ring, the Livermore Police Department’s Special Operations Unit conducted a search warrant on an undisclosed location believed to be a chop shop for swiped bikes, said Officer David Blake.

Operating akin to a vehicle chop shop, bikes are broken down into parts, serial numbers are altered or removed, then "new" bikes are reassembled, repainted and sold, Blake said.

No additional details are being released as an investigation is underway, he said.

Last month, police alerted citizens to a citywide uptick in bicycle thefts.

In three of last week's five reported home burglaries, Blake said intruders targeted residential garages, making off in two of those cases with mountain bikes.

Blake reminds residents to store bikes indoors, when possible, or to secure them with locking systems that utilize the frames or remove the front wheels.

To deter burglars or thieves, in general, Blake offered the following tips:

  • Always secure doors, windows and, in particular, garages.
  • Use residential lighting and motion detectors.
  • Remove shrubbery that obscures homes' doors and windows.
  • Install residential alarm systems.
  • Join or launch Neighborhood Watch Programs.

To protect vehicles, Blake added, folks should always lock them, park in well-lit areas, use car alarms if possible, and leave nothing — especially laptops, purses or navigational units — in plain view.

In other police news:

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Residential burglary reported 11:30 a.m. on 2600 Kennedy Street.
  • Car break-ins logged 2:44 a.m. and 4:43 a.m. on the 1600 block of Spruce Street.
  • Vandalism cited 2:30 p.m. on 3300 Pestana Way.
  • A Livermore male, 23, was arrested 10:33 p.m. on 1000 Coronado Way for suspected use/influence of controlled substances.
  • Motorist with suspended license cited 1 p.m. on First and South L streets.
  • Drug-paraphernalia possession reported 2:44 a.m. on 1800 Spruce Street.
  • Warrant served 9:47 a.m. on 1100 South Livermore Avenue.
  • Theft reported on 1100 Rincon Avenue at 8:43 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Motorist with marijuana cited 8:51 p.m. on Pine Street and Rincon Avenue.
  • A Livermore man, 48, was arrested 10:29 p.m. along 1100 Orchid Street for alleged public intoxication and contempt of court.
  • Warrant arrest made 2:05 p.m. on 4300 Las Positas Road.
  • Assault with deadly weapon, not a firearm, reported 6:21 p.m. along 4500 First Street.
  • Missing Pleasanton girl and Livermore man found dead in Newark motel.

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Residential burglary reported 8:44 p.m. along 800 Leland Way.
  • DUI arrest made 9:13 p.m. on Seventh and South J streets.
  • Use/influence of controlled substances reported 2:18 a.m. along 900 Catalina Drive, and 11:45 p.m. on 5700 Southfront Road.
  • Car break-in logged 5:30 p.m. on 100 North Mines Road.
  • Shoplifting theft cited 6:30 p.m. on 2700 Las Positas Road.
  • Controlled-substance possession reported 3:22 p.m. on 4100 Freeda Court.
  • Narcotics-gang bust 7:15 a.m. on Coronado Way.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Vehicle reported stolen 4:12 a.m. on the 5600 block of La Ribera Street.
  • Motorist with suspended license cited 9:15 p.m. on First and South N streets.
  • Narcotics possession reported 11:20 a.m. on 7700 Southfront Road.
  • Shoplifting theft logged 3:57 p.m. on 4400 Las Positas Road.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Residential burglary reported 12:55 p.m. on the 3600 block of Thornhill Drive.
  • Vandalism cases filed: 3:40 p.m. on 2400 Detert Street; 6 p.m. on 3500 Pacific Avenue; 6:30 p.m. on 5200 Diane Lane.
  • Telephone harrassment cited 2 p.m. along 1400 Winding Stream Drive.
  • Identity theft logged 1:30 p.m. on 6400 Rubicon Way.
  • Domestic assaults reported 1:14 a.m. on 1100 Geneva Street, and 9:53 p.m. on 500 South H Street.
  • Car break-in logged 4 p.m. along 800 North Vasco Road.
  • Thefts filed 2:38 p.m. on 1400 First Street, and 10 p.m. on 800 Mohawk Drive.
  • Controlled-substance possession reported 7:22 a.m. along 700 Debra Street.
  • Multi-car pile-up 6 p.m. on I-580.

Monday, Sept. 10

  • Residential burglary reported 12:30 a.m. along 400 Leona Drive; commercial burglary 5 p.m. on 400 Preston Court.
  • Forgery logged 11:30 a.m. on 600 Daisyfield Drive.
  • Injury-accident reported 6:07 a.m. on Grant Line and Altamont Pass roads.
  • Robbery report investigated 11:35 a.m. on 5700 East Avenue.
  • Domestic assault reported 6:42 p.m. on the 5600 block of Elder Circle; assault with deadly weapon, not firearm reported 10:21 p.m. along 1400 Buena Vista Avenue.
  • Battery logged 7:15 p.m. on 4200 Oleander Street.
  • Car break-in cited 5 p.m. on 800 Hazel Street.
  • Possession of controlled substances reported on 7700 Southfront Road at 10 p.m.
  • Police announce push for commercial-vehicle safety.

Sunday, Sept. 9

  • DUIs reported: 12:42 a.m. on 2500 East Avenue; 1:14 a.m. on South Vasco Road at East; 11:39 p.m. on North Mines and Patterson Pass roads.
  • Residential burglary reported 3 p.m. along 1000 Murdell Lane.
  • Vandalism cited 9:36 p.m. on 2100 First Street.
  • Controlled-substance possession reported 5:40 p.m. on 1000 Airway Boulevard.
Mr. Pickles September 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Yep! Thats our lazy cops. Enablers implementing the Oaklandization of Livermore.
Julia September 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Daniel... Oaklandization of Livermore! A very scary thought indeed! I hope you are wrong about that, but with BART heading our way I fear that your theory may prove correct. Livermore may end up with an infestation of from the "bad neighborhood" criminals. I wonder if Pleasanton has crime stats to compare pre-BART station addition crime & post- BART station crime. I am not opposed to BART, but I do NOT WANT IT HEADING TO DOWNTOWN. We need more Police Patrols with feet on the street.
JJP September 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Saw officers on foot patrolling downtown Livermore on Friday night. Great idea.
Lifelong Tri-valley Resident September 18, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I had my Mt Bike ripped out of my garage on Daisyfield Dr a couple weeks back. We leave the garage door open too often when we are home. We're closing it now...turning on the alarm...and defending our property from these thieves.
Californicated1 September 18, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I have to laugh about bike thefts--property crimes for the most--is leading to the "Oaklandization of Livermore". Bikes are pretty much stolen anywhere, even in the suburbs, perhaps even out there at the corner of Sutter Street and Colusa Way behind that storage area and behind that trailer park, and even where some of the "RV Homeless" park their vehicles out there on Airport Boulevard. And considering that there are other crimes out there, crimes that are more violent and even more of a threat to the way of life out here in Livermore, we are lucky that Law Enforcement found this "chop shop". Many folks out there may not get their property back. But perhaps we can take comfort in the fact that this "chop shop" and the people running it are facing criminal charges for their actions and that this particular operation was shut down. And while we are talking about it, it might also not hurt to find out what is actually being taken in at the local recyclers around here and perhaps toughen up the regulations on what materials, other than CRV cans and bottles, that the recyclers can take and who can turn in materials other than the CRV cans and bottles. Bike parts, especially the frames, could have easily been turned into scrap metal and turned into cash this way.
Californicated1 September 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Correction: "Airport Boulevard" should be "Airway"...my alzheimer's is setting in early these days and my Burlingame and Livermore geographical street names sometimes gets mixed up.
Californicated1 September 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
You can blame former Mayor Marshall Kamena, the city council and the Livermore Chamber of Commerce for causing a great deal of that commotion over BART to Livermore. These folks even had my side of Junction Avenue even re-zoned and hired some fancy architects and city planners out there to talk about how they wanted to tear down much of that neighborhood from Junction all the way out to "P" street and turn it into something like what one would see around the East Dublin-Pleasanton Station or around Hayward Station. BART, on the other hand, was not fond of that plan any more than those of us in the neighbord north of Railroad and south of Pine were fond of it. They already own the land where that dirtbike park is situated at the corner of Greenville and Altamont Pass Road and plan to make it their maintenance facility on the Dublin-Pleasanton-Livermore line once it is extended. I spoke to one of BART's property management team recently and they are more for keeping BART on I-580, which they already have easements for and unfortunately, all that lane-widening they did on East 580 may have to be taken back out so BART can build there. All those plans about digging up Portola Avenue and running a tunnel under much of Junction in the end would have made things a whole lot worse than they are now, especially since businesses are still closing up shop in Livermore, like with what recently happened to Groth Brothers.
Due Yew September 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
People who think Livermore cops are lazy probably don't like cops at all because of too many visits to the locked side of the bar(s). You know the metal ones that need a key to open them. Join the ranks of people that want to have a great community and help the cops by not making it your business to keep them too busy to visit a "stolen bicycle victim at his home".
Mr. Pickles September 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
No.... If you have ever been a victim of crime in this town you expect to report that crime to a well motivated competent police officer. Not some unionized government employee stealing a paycheck from the city. It's like they are all going through the motions just doing the minimun effort. It's a deeply distrubing experience.
The Real Anon September 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Yah thats crap. This is the first I have heard of cops here paying attention to bike thefts. I had a $1000 bike ripped off and they wouldn't even file a report over the phone let alone come out and take the report from me. I had to go there and file it at the counter. But if you had a $500 car stolen, it would be on some BOLO, there'd be all kinds of commotion over your stolen car. $1000 bike doesn't even get acknowledged.
Michelle M. September 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Looks like a lot of car break-ins. What is with people leaving valuables in their car? I never leave anything of value in my car, ever. A smart thing to do is not leave anything you need to report stolen to the police if it is left outside in your car, especially leaving it in sight!
Due Yew September 21, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Hey DG and TRA join the academy and show 'em how its done. LOL Now that is a dare you would never take because it would be reality biting you in the ass. Take a seat.
Mr. Pickles September 21, 2012 at 04:22 AM
@Due Yew; If I was nineteen all over again I would take you up on it. Because being employed as a cop in this town is a gravytrain with biscuit wheels. So get off your seat, live in reality, and take a bite out of crime. I won't comment your ass though It's a unknown I'm not sure your a female.
Bryon Bruce December 29, 2012 at 06:22 AM
My insurance agent just called me back and said"that reported burglary at my house was a lie that I made this story up to collect insurance" and the Livermore police corroborated there story. Who ever on the police dept. made this statement you better have your ready button on.

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