Area residents are reporting a disturbing trend in local crime – one which is believed to have been demonstrated twice Sunday in separate instances in Concord and Oakley.
The cases, so far unmentioned by local law enforcement, prompted a number of messages to this site, readers noting an apparent similarity between the cases and a recently solved crime in Pleasanton. In that instance, a couple returning home from the grocery store was confronted in their driveway by two armed teens – their personal belongings and groceries taken at gunpoint.
Three teens – two of lawful age and a juvenile – were arrested after attempting to use a victim’s credit card at a local store and a gun was recovered.
On Sunday, neighbors in Concord’s Crystyl Ranch neighborhood reported a neighborhood man returning to his residence after a lunch out was confronted in his driveway by an armed man dressed in black who struck him on the head and demanded he hand over his watch.
The victim did suffer an injury to his head but it was not immediately known if he sought further treatment. The robbery was so swift only a brief description could be given: a masked African-American man dressed all in black, believed to be driving a black Camaro.
Neighbors shared the license plate number of the suspect car (which we are withholding pending confirmation with law enforcement) and which we also believe may have been stolen and placed on the vehicle.
Residents said the car is believed to have been used in other local crimes, including an unreported robbery in Oakley less than two hours before the Crystyl Ranch stickup, as well as in separate cases in which women were followed home and robbed in their driveway after shopping in Walnut Creek.
We’ll update this story with additional details when we get them.