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Suspected Wallet Thieves (One In Warriors Attire) Busted Monday In Lafayette

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One of two men arrested Monday by Lafayette police.

A pair of wallet snatchers long sought by Lafayette police returned to their old hunting ground and – apparently – their old ways Monday, long enough for officers to gather them up for multiple crimes the pair allegedly perpetrated in Lafayette in recent weeks.

Investigators have been looking for the pair for some time, according to Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen, and investigators had identified at least one of the two men – hoping they would return to the area after an extensive leafletting campaign undertaken by police and the Chamber of Commerce.

As it turned out, they did come back.

Christensen said officers were alerted to the presence of the suspects in downtown Lafayette Monday afternoon, the manager of a local restaurant recognizing them from one of the handbills distributed earlier after the pair struck – unabashedly lifting wallets from the purses of unsuspecting local diners.

To the surprise of investigators, police said one of the two men they were seeking was dressed in the same type of Warrior’s attire worn during two previous thefts. Investigators said the suspects came into one of the businesses and asked to purchase food to go, but seemed preoccupied with an examination of the diners.  After inquiring about the costs of the meal, the suspects left without buying anything, police said.

Officers responded to the downtown area, looking for the vehicle that had previously been used by the suspects while in town, police said, and an LPD Motor Officer spotted the two subjects attempting to access the freeway in their vehicle, which was stopped.

Both men, identified as Rufus Barker, 57, of Oakland, and Kevin McGlothen, 49, of Richmond, were subsequently identified by the restaurant manager as the men who had come into his restaurant earlier. They were arrested for attempted burglary.

One was found to be on PRCS Probation (Prop 47), according to police.  A search of the vehicle located several different identifications, including a complete woman’s wallet.  LPD Officers were then dispatched to another local restaurant where a customer had just had her wallet stolen while she ate lunch – the wallet recovered by officers from the suspect’s car.  Both men were processed at LPD and then transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.

Barker and McGlothen were booked for three counts of Commercial Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Stolen Property, Petty Theft, Violation of Probation and several additional charges, according to police.

Christensen praised the man whose call set the afternoon’s wheels in motion: “An alert member of tour downtown business community recognized the suspects and alerted the police,” he said.  “A tip of the hat to the restaurant manager and our Chamber of Commerce for helping us to bring these two crooks into custody.”

16 COMMENTS

  1. This event proves that proposition 47 is turning criminals back loose upon us, to repeat and repeat their crimes.. Thankfully the Lafayette Police Department stopped them before they could strike agsin.. Good work , and thank you LPD.!

  2. Pay close attention to your wallet and surroundings, ladies. The thieves are always on the prowl for easy targets.

  3. Good work, Lafayette Police! Thank you!
    You know, this proposition 47 is crazy. I did not vote for it, as I closely read the measure. Despite being promoted by Governor Brown and the ACLU- who gave $2.5 million to help it pass- and despite being named ‘The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Measure’- I knew that it really was going to just release alot of criminals from jail, and keep many others from ever going to jail, as long as they steal less than $950 worth.
    Crazy. It has not made us safer, and it has not helped the criminals get the drug help and rehab they need. Proposition 47 should be repealed!
    I feel for the Police who have to deal with this all! Thank you again, Law Enforcement Officers!

  4. Easy targets it is. Where are the purses that NO ONE at the table notices when someone steals a wallet? Even if you foolishly have your purse hanging over your chair, aren’t you sitting across from someone? Thankfully, a very observant restaurant manager, and great job LPD!

  5. Pretty creepy. You shoud re run that video of the women robbing people eating in WC. They make it look pretty easy.

  6. I agree that there are no “easy solutions” to Prop 47. There will always be crime, and the taxpayers will foot the bill. Oh, happy day. Unless you’re law enforcement or a lawyer, focusing on the laws isn’t the answer. Criminals don’t care about the laws. If they cared about the laws, they wouldn’t commit crimes. Nor do they care about the consequences. The only consequences they care about is whether or not the other guy has a gun.

    What we need to focus on is preventing the crime from happening in the first place. With the exception of high crime areas (where crime is a way of life) most crimes can easily be avoided with common sense and good judgment. You have to think like a cop and a criminal to keep from being victimized. Thinking like a cop is easy (protecting yourself, preventive measures, etc.). Thinking like a criminal is hard. It’s a skewed mindset, and most of us don’t commit crimes. Criminals act on impulse. Learn to think like a criminal, and it will lessen your chances of being victimized.

  7. Sorry to disagree, Danielle , but crooks do pay attention of the law. When they know they can get away with something, or the risks of them being caught are low, to non, they take advantage of it. Like they are now: crooks know they won’t go to jail if they keep their thefts under $950. I hear they often just get a written citation if caught now.
    If they knew they would spend five years of hard labor in jail they would never do these crimes. They would not even risk it if they knew they would face one year in jail of hard labor. Hard labor is the key word. I think we should make people sentences much shorter but make it hard as hell. Working 10 hours a day 6 days a week . No TV, no gyms, no comfortable private cells. This would relieve jail crowding which everyone seems to be so worried about, because no one would be in there long enough. It would just be tough, short, hell of l hard labor.

  8. The Governor is bad. Democrats are bad. They think criminals are just misunderstood…The problem is so much simpler when you don’t mention the other half of the story. The State was under a court mandate to solve a prison overpopulation/inhumane treatment problem. The incarceration rates in this country rival authoritarian regimes…Is the proportion of criminals in America more than in most other industrialized countries? Do we have more bad people? Is is fluoridation? (I joke). The problem is more complicated than Prop 47, but knock yourself out with easy answers.

  9. Greg, we can agree to disagree. This is coming from the “horses mouth.” When I was away at college in Los Angeles, I volunteered with an organization that helped convicted felons make positive changes in their lives through the grace of God. Most were Hispanic and African American former gang members – straight out of prison (mostly San Quentin). I was a fish out of water (except being a Christian) and I told these men from the get go – “I’ll help you if you help me. Please increase my street smarts. I’m from the mean streets of La Jolla and Moraga.” They laughed.

    I was a volunteer with this organization as an undergraduate and grad student. I learned more about crime, how criminals think, how not to be a victim, etc. Did I trust these men? About as far as I could throw them. Did I trust them to tell me the truth as to why they committed crimes, how not to be a victim, etc.? I did. They really liked me, and they didn’t hide it. They were also trying to go straight, and be excepted by main stream society. They appreciated my time, and I was the only pretty white woman, which shouldn’t matter – but it did. The guy that ran the organization agreed with the things these guys told me. I was young, and I would run everything they told me by him.

    Talk to a convicted felon Greg, and he’ll tell you the same. Criminals commit crimes for the same reason the rest of us go to work every day. It’s what they do for a living, and nothing will stop them. My cousin is a parole officer in Southern CA, and she agrees with me. Except she knows that the men she deals with on parole will lie to her, and convicted felons who are trying to go straight (probably a very small percentage) have no reason to lie about what they did, why they did it or how to avoid being victimized. They’d done their time, and they had nothing to lose. We were now on the “same side of the law.” Or trying to be anyway.

    “If they knew they would get five years of hard labor in jail they would never do these crimes.” Greg, that’s the way LAW ABIDING CITIZENS THINK. That would stop you and I. It won’t stop a criminal, especially in the Bay Area. It’s very expensive to live here. If you’re unemployed, have no source of income, have kids to feed, rent to pay, a criminal WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO COMMIT A CRIME. They have poor impulse control. And a lot of them have a drug problem. Drug addicts don’t think like the rest of us, and they have a habit to feed.

    It was confirmed how clueless the average person is when it comes to how criminals think. When I read the comment on News24/680 Facebook that “an Uber employee won’t commit a crime because they’re info is on file.” I couldn’t believe it. Once again, that’s how LAW ABIDING PEOPLE THINK. Criminals aren’t law abiding citizens. Ever heard of the bank robber who robbed his own branch? As a bank employee in college in LA, there were customers who robbed their branch. Usually armed robbery – LAPD SWAT would show up if it was a take over robbery. I worked in South Central LA until an opening in West LA – closer to school.

    I’m thankful for the criminal education I received from these convicted felons. And so was my Dad. I can honestly say I’ve never been victimized. And I’m not getting any younger. These guys probably helped me more than I helped them. I was very young.

    I do agree with you about making them work hard labor.

    Lastly, I was told that the only thing that makes a criminal go straight is when they hit rock bottom, and they decide to go straight. It usually happens in prison when they burn their bridges with family and friends. What hurts the most is when men can’t see their kids or when they alienate their Mom’s. Alienating their Mom’s was very rare, but not being able to see their kids was common. So I was told. It’s the reason so many men “find God” in prison. Everyone has turned their backs on them – except Jesus.

    Sorry for the long comment…

  10. Danielle: “I was the only pretty white woman, which shouldn’t matter – but it did.” soooo other pretty women didn’t have the same impact as the pretty white woman? Wow! As a man, I didn’t realize we are that discriminating when it comes to flesh. I thought from your previous comments that women had to keep a very careful eye on all men with, you know, men thoughts.
    “I was a fish out of water (except being a Christian) ” sooo all of the bad people you encountered were Christians, too?
    I could be wrong, but I don’t think this post is from the “horses mouth”.
    I applaud your attempt to connect with and alter the lives of those in the underbelly of American society. That signifies a noble intent, which after learning of your expectations about who should reasonably expect to reside in your hometown, namely the wealthy, is surprising, but not convincing.

  11. David – hi. Prior to meeting these men who “really woke me up when it comes to crime” I probably agreed with Greg too. 7 years in La Jolla as a kid, and 7-18 in Moraga hardly qualifies as “street smarts.”

    I stand by my beliefs. The only people who care about the laws are law abiding citizens. The recidivism rate in CA – 2/3 will return to prison within a short period of time. Law abiding citizens “assume” the laws matter to criminals. They don’t care!

    To think that a prison sentence will keep a criminal from committing a crime is naïve. Prop 47 might keep them from going to prison or let them out earlier, but it won’t stop them from committing a crime. There’s a big difference.

    Not being naïve will keep you from being victimized. It’s a personal choice. A lot of people my age have been victimized a few times – it’s the norm.

    David – Orinda isn’t my hometown, but it’s where we live. I regret that conversation with him. He made the mistake of putting his financial situation in a public forum, and defending a disreputable company while a young man was in a coma. I made the mistake of turning into a “money conversation.” As a Christian, money doesn’t mean much to me. Except the ability to help others who are less fortunate.

    As far as “connecting with these men and getting through to them.” I was told I did. I hope it’s true, because it was very rewarding…

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