Neighbors, Police Team Up To Catch Teen Thieves

A report of a suspicious vehicle and a quick response by San Leandro police netted one stolen car and three teen burglary suspects Wednesday.


A neighbor who reported a suspicious vehicle set in motion a chain of events Wednesday morning that led to the recovery of a stolen car and the arrest of three Oakland teens on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest.

According to San Leandro police the incident began about 10:53 am when they were asked to investigate a suspicious green Grand Cherokee Jeep parked on the 900 block of Arbor Drive in Estudillo Estates.

Officers found the vehicle unoccupied but a registration check revealed that it had been stolen from Livermore.

A witness told officers that he had noticed some young men inside the SUV.

As police looked around for them, another neighbor contacted the officers and said he had just heard glass breaking from behind his house. 

More officers were called to surround the block. One officer saw three young men emerge from between two houses and ordered them to stop.

Two of the suspects stopped after running after a short distance and were detained.

The third continued to flee but was caught a short time later. 

One of the suspects had a shaved vehicle key commonly used to steal vehicles. 

All three suspects were arrested and determined to be juveniles -- ages 16, 14 and 13 years old -- with Oakland addresses.

They were booked and charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, possessing burglary tools, burglary and resisting arrest. 

Police credited the arrests to teamwork between citizens and officers.

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Leah Hall October 24, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Great job, Estudillo Estates neighbors and San Leandro Police. Estudillo's street layout helps support this kind of surveillance. Streets are narrow and not characterised by an open grid, which tends to foster high volumes of cut-through traffic in other neighborhoods nearby. Estudillo gets some further traffic calming effects by the creek, which helps shelter the neighborhood still further. The result is neighborhood watch initiatives and more general "eyes on the street" are supported, which in turn supports our police force. Additional assets include relative wealth and home ownership rates, an active e-list/neighborhood association, and privately installed surveillance cameras. What did I miss?
Gloria Strohm October 24, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I also want to applaud the response by the police department. They are so quick when I call because of suspicious activity. I really feel like they are here to be of service and encourage us to look out for each other.
cliff logan October 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I grew up NE of there and generally the neighbors always looked out for the others. Great job on everyone to catch these thugs.
GA from CA October 25, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Could this article have the wrong date? This type of incident happened (outside my window) on Tuesday morning, but I didn't notice anything Wednesday.
Fred Eiger October 25, 2012 at 02:23 AM
The guy who called the cops didn't have any politically correct qualms or quilt in calling the cops when he noticed the thieves sitting in the car????
Fred Eiger October 25, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Excellent job. Don't be afraid to report suspicious activities.
Barry Kane October 25, 2012 at 03:54 AM
These are the kind of neighbors I remember when I lived on the 700 block of Arbor Drive in Estudillo Estates for 5 years, we were very vigilant about our neighborhood, watched out for and knew our neighbors and we were not afraid to call the police quickly. Great team work with the SLPD!
Paul Davis October 25, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The SLPD did their job well...Hopefully the Judge does his job. These kids (bullshit) need to be tried as adults and do hard time... Liberal politics in the Ca justice system pisses me off... Maybe we should return to "Western Justice" ... People rarely change... A bag of crap... Is always a bag of crap...
Ken Briggs October 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM
just when did a jeep cherokee became a SUV ? anyway thank the police and all the folks to nab these scums . But as for the 13 year old what kind of parents are they ? keep them in kiddie jail for awhile and make the parents pay for all damages that they did . make then do week end clean up work for a year . then if they are school drop outs make them go back to school and learn something and make the parents be sure that they go to school . and who rver had a license take it away for five years and for the other make it so they can not get a license til they are the age of 21 . make the courts do a better job of doing a job . these yoiung kids need to learn to grow up . maybe start putting the parents in jail for awhile might help .
Fred Eiger October 26, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Ah Ken Jeep was the original SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle)
Luther Young October 26, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Yep. Everyone did a great job. Let's just see what the courts do. But of course, we will not hear anything abount that because they will do next to nothing. Since they are that young I would have all in a hard labor camp for one year. Oopps! Did I say hard labor. I am sorry that was deemed cruel and unusual. Shame on me. BASTARDS!
Luther Young October 26, 2012 at 05:04 AM
... And the parents should pay for every penny of damage and cost to the city & citizens. Awwwhhh. But they're poor single parents and it's not their fault. So let's coddle them and put them in a "program". So we will pay for everything... As usual.
Ken Briggs October 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Luther Young , so what if they are poorand single parent . the brats know right from wrong . if they think they can be with tramps bad boys ,then they have better be in school and after school do home work and stay out of trouble . just do not let these little brats get away with it . make them ,the brats pay for all damagesand return what ever they stold .
Luther Young October 27, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Yes Ken. I was only stating in a mocking fashion of how many of our liberal society would categorize these miscreants. Like I said in my initial post. All three should be in a hard labor camp for one year and their parents should pay for all damage and cost associated with the crime. Period. But as we both know, that is not going to happen. One year at that age would certainly make them give thought to how they want to live the rest of their lives. And also they. But these hard labor camps do not exist. So again, in all likelihood, they will placed some kind of a program with all the other delinquents and it will not be long before they hatch their next criminal activity. Oh! And as fas as the damage and cost? We, the tax payers will probably end up footing that bill. See ya on the next one Ken.
Ken Briggs October 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
make these brats live with the judge for a year . the courts will just slapthe hands and let them off . if the courts would do something half of this would not happen .these brats know right from wrong . make them finish school and when they are not in school they should do some type of clean up work for 2 4 hours a day for a year .


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