A series of incidents kept Danville police busy and residents on edge Tuesday as thieves successfully breached one home and appeared to be casing others.
Three separate individuals were arrested, one in Lafayette, after two incidents today in Danville:
According to Lt. Allan Shields, the first incident occurred at 2:50 a.m. near the intersection of Morris Ranch Rd. and Podva Rd. when a police officer stopped a suspicious vehicle. At around the same time, police received a call from a nearby resident reporting two subjects coming to the door and asking for a person who doesn’t live at the address.
The driver of the vehicle, Alan Grana, 45, of Dublin, was determined to have a warrant for his arrest from Contra Costa County on charges of Burglary and Grand Theft. Grana was arrested on the warrant, and also charged with possession of burglary tools and driving on a suspended license. The passenger, Victoria Vickry, 22, Concord, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license. Vickry and Grana were booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.
The second incident occurred around 1 p.m. when police were dispatched to a burglary alarm call on Castanya Ct. While the officer was on scene, a witness reported a suspicious vehicle in the same neighborhood and another witness reported seeing two men involved in the burglary. The men were described as an African-American male and a Caucasian male seen fleeing the scene in a light blue Toyota Avalon.
At 1:49 p.m. Lafayette Police received a report from a resident of a suspicious vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle in the Danville burglary. A Lafayette officer attempted a traffic stop and individuals fled the vehicle on foot. One person was taken into custody. The suspect has been identified as Ibrahim Muhammad, 22, Richmond. Danville police officers responded to Lafayette and took custody of Muhammad.
Muhammad has been charged with residential burglary, conspiracy, probation violation and possession of burglary tools. He was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.
Two other men remain at large after an extensive search of the area near Bentley School.
Lt. Shields expressed appreciation for the work done by the Lafayette Police Department. He said that credit also goes to the efforts of sharp-eyed residents who saw something out of the ordinary and reported it to police.
“This was a situation where everything worked extremely well,” Shields said. “The burglary alarm went off, residents reported suspicious behavior to police and our officers were observant and proactive. As a result, both communities are safer today.”
Catch thse pricks!!!!
So scary.. hope they get them.
I am getting so tired of these idiots. Hope they are caught soon.
Friends says helicopter has left. Did they catch them??
Hi, Lourdes… two suspects still at large and a lot of police up there looking for them (7:39 p.m.)
They’re still at it. Cops everywhere.
Do they need any help out there? I can bring Wally the Wunderbeagle and my grammpas twenty two….
Ha! That one made us laugh… we’d love to meet Wally! We’re sure the PD appreciates the offer but they have all that fancy thermal gear and stuff. Plus, Wally may get stickers in his ears… give him a rub.
About time Danville PD made some arrests. A little to late for the many other good families in town that already got all their stuff stolen in the last year.
In defense of the police, If the residents want the arrests to continue I would suggest they get allow the city to put more cameras up quick in strategic places and while they’re at it use some city funds to get more officers on the force to help the few they have.
The bubble is not the same today as it was 5-10 years ago.
Good work Danville Police and Lafayette Police, and also to the private citizens who reported things that look suspicious that helped arrest these Crooks.!
My only worry is that because of proposition 47 and also ultra liberal judges in the area , that these crooks will be back on the street next week.. So fellow citizens, please remain ever Vigilant and watchful!
Catch them yet?
Time to posse up.
@Greg: FYI, Prop 47 can reduce penalties for simple Theft/Grand Larceny and for *commercial* burglary, but does NOT reduce penalties for Robbery (stealing directly from a person) or residential Burglary (breaking into a home to steal stuff).
I agree with Greg regarding remaining vigilant and watchful, and I agree with Chris that Prop 47 doesn’t apply here, even though I voted NO ON 47. Please be an INFORMED VOTER, and read your ballot. Cameras are a deterrent as a law enforcement tool, but it won’t stop criminals from committing crimes. The criminal element will commit crimes for the same reason the rest of us go to work everyday. It’s what they do for a living. Sadly, nothing will stop a criminal until they hit rock bottom, and decide to turn their life around. It happens, but it’s very rare. They don’t care about the consequences. If they cared about the consequences, they wouldn’t commit crimes. Criminals are opportunists, and as private citizens we have to do everything in our power to keep them away.
Danielle’s comments about security cameras and the “it’s what they do for a living” reminded me very much of a recent case in Florida. The comments of the burglar’s cousin (throughout, but specifically around 1:42 of the video) were striking. She remarked “..how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.”
Not endorsing the actions of homeowner (shooting suspect), but a troubling case all around: