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DANVILLE: Neighbors, Police Foil Attempted Library Burglary


The NEWS24-680 switchboards lit up with calls from Danville Friday night after some sharp-eyed neighbors were kind enough to inform us of ongoing police activity at the Danville Library, 400 Front Street.

At 10:38 p.m., neighbors alerted police to suspicious activity at the library and officers responded quickly. During their search of the area officers encountered a man subsequently identified as Mathew Hammack, 30, of Dublin, who was allegedly in the process of attempting to open a door to the library with a tool of some type.

Officers detained Hammack without incident, according to Public Information Officer Geoff Gillette, and were questioning him when Danville police received a subsequent call from another local who reported observing a man leaving a building on Hartz Avenue earlier in the evening, apparently with tools and other items taken from that location.

With that information officers conducted a thorough search of the area near where Hammack had been detained and reportedly found items allegedly taken in the earlier burglary.

Hammack was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary of the library and burglary of the nearby building, according to police, and was taken to the Martinez Detention Facility for processing.


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