Community works together to catch suspected car thief

By Khalida Sarwari A community effort led to the arrest of a San Jose man suspected of stealing property from unlocked vehicles in a Pleasanton neighborhood Monday morning, police said today. Billy Joe Auston, 27, allegedly stole cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, GPS devices, stereo equipment and briefcases from at least seven unattended vehicles in Pleasanton. Police said help from concerned citizens led to Auston’s arrest. Local residents reportedly saw Auston speed off in a […]

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Lottery tix thief looking to get lucky gets caught instead

By Khalida Sarwari A 26-year-old man is in police custody on suspicion of robbing lottery tickets from a 50-year-old woman Sunday evening in Antioch, police said. David Thomason allegedly accosted the woman near 2746 W Tregallas Road and stole several lottery tickets that she had just bought from a nearby liquor store, according to the Antioch Police Department. Thomason ran off with the tickets but was spotted soon after by an officer who happened to be near the […]

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Suspicious device ‘a fake;’ evacuation ends

By Ashley Wright and Khalida Sarwari A device thought to be dynamite evacuated over 200 homes for over four hours today in the unincorporated Contra Costa County township of Knightsen. Police tonight called the suspected bomb “a fake.” Residents living around a motor home at 60 Broadway were allowed back into their homes at 6 p.m., about 50 minutes after a police bomb squad detonated the device, said Contra Costa County Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee. The device […]

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