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Pleasant Hill Police Arrest Two Found Riding In Stolen Car Sunday

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Pleasant Hill police arrested two people stopped while riding in a stolen car on Contra Costa Boulevard Sunday morning.

Officers stopped an Acura sedan and detained the two occupants after a license plate reader alerted police that the plates had been reported stolen. Officers also determined that the car had recently been reported stolen.

Police said Daniel Gillaspy, 36, who was driving at the time, and passenger Melissa Torres, 31 were arrested at the scene.

Gillaspy is on active PRCS (post released community supervision) for stolen vehicle charges. He was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools and felony probation violation charges and was booked into county jail. Torres was arrested for narcotic charges and possession of stolen property. She was later released.


  1. So he was on Post Release- Supervision for stealing a car… and he’s out stealing another car! It doesn’t sound that that plan is working very well. I think it’s time to go back to the old jail time plan.

  2. We need more, bigger jails and prisons. Clearly our probation and parole systems are failing us.

  3. This to me this sounds like the system is working. The optimal re-offend rate for any rational prison/parole system is above zero. To the extent that our criminal justice system depends, in part, on deterrence, then increasing the probability of detection/detention for relatively “minor” crimes is a huge win. Thanks technology!

  4. I prefer tougher crime laws (CA used to be tough on crime (Three Strikes, etc.) but I don’t think it makes any difference. Some people choose not to work for a living, and they’re going to commit crimes to get what they want, regardless of the consequences. If they cared about the consequences, they wouldn’t commit crimes.

  5. Someone has to tell their mothers that they have neck tattoos. I’m not going to do it. I do think “community supervision” had an impact today. As Marge Gunderson would say “There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’t you know that?” “And here you are, and it’s a beautiful day! Well, I just don’t understand it.”
    I’m not half as smart as Marge, from nowhere ND, and I don’t understand it either.

  6. Melissa Torres,
    Torres, Torres. Stolen property. Drugs. Oh yeah, she is free to go because, because…uhm…it’s uh Monday. We’re busy today.

  7. “Active PRCS – it stands for “Put Repeat Criminals on the Streets” Too bad these thieves didn’t off themselves during their chase. How soon can we expect them back among us with a “PRCS” repeat?

  8. @William – (Editorial Aside) – Hey, Mr. Thompson, sir! Nice to hear from you! Hope you are well. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

  9. Clearly this type of follow-up program (Active PRCS) probably doesn’t work. It’s a feel good program for the area and type. However, thumbs up on the license reader program and technology!! Which in the past I have been concerned with in terms of snooping out of control.


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