Watching for trends as we do around here we can say we’ve noted a decided uptick in the number of car burglaries outside local coffee houses of late – in broad daylight and so quick even the few people who realize what is happening have little time to react.
Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt has already made note of the trend in an outreach to neighbors in his city, and police in Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill are busy tracking a busy team of burglars in their cities today.
It appears a “crew” of at least two and possibly as many as three burglars in a black BMW cruised parking lots outside coffee shops on Contra Costa Boulevard and a second location in Walnut Creek, smashing car windows and making off with at least one backpack.
One incident was reported at 11:40 a.m. in Pleasant Hill, a precise time of the Walnut Creek incident was not immediately available.
Thieves have targeted customers at coffee houses and other locations people are inclined to gather and spend time, stealing computers and in some instances physically assaulting their victims or Good Samaritans who intervene.
A witness who saw the theft earlier today said the suspect BMW carried a plate of 7PBL956 and had tinted windows.