Two Men Arrested After Suspicious Doorbell Ring

San Leandro police say the suspects had burglary tools. Could this incident be related to the rash of 'knock-first' break-ins that have been occurring in the East Bay?


San Leandro police have arrested two men who were allegedly in possession of burglary tools after a Washington Manor resident reported them for behaving suspiciously.

Police say the incident began about 8:30 am Monday when a man rang a doorbell on the 15000 block of Norton Street.

When the stranger realized someone was home he got into a car with another man and drove away, according to police.

Police say the resident phoned in a description of the men and their vehicle. 

An officer stopped a vehicle matching that description leaving the area. Police say the occupants had no logical explanation for being in the area and that they possessed burglary tools. 

The two men were arrested for possessing burglary tools.

They are:

  • Dana Brown, 30, of Hayward
  • Rahim Kenjoni, 32, of Pleasanton

About three weeks ago San Leandro police warned about a rash of residential burglaries in the East Bay in which suspects knocked on doors or rang bells to determine if anyone was home before they broke in.

San Leandro police are withholding details about the tools they retrieved in this case while they work with departments in other cities to determine whether these suspects may have been active elsewhere.


Marga Lacabe May 08, 2013 at 06:54 PM
In other words, the police realizes that they don't have any evidence to make charges stick on this case, but now that they got two suspects they are hoping they can find something else to pin on them. It's interesting that they won't say what the "burglary tools" were - under the law, a simple screwdriver is a burglary tool. And of course, not being able to tell the police a good reason why they're in the neighborhood doesn't mean they didn't have a good reason. Maybe they were meeting a married woman for a three-way. I would love to know what percentage of the people arrested by the SLPD end up being convicted of the crime they were arrested for.
Michele K. Johnson May 08, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Maybe if YOU lived in the Manor area and recently had your tires slashed or had your home burglarized, you would appreciate at least an attempt by the neighbor and the police to apprehend the perpetrators. As for me, I applaud both the neighbor and the police for being proactive. Regarding the "three-way", I'm pretty sure people who are going to engage in something like that #1 KNOW whose house to go to and #2 wouldn't be up and driving around at 8:30 in the morning looking for it.
Michael Moore May 09, 2013 at 12:01 AM
It is about time that cops got serious about being pro-active. Just arrest everybody that you think is suspicious. Then create the report, let Tom know about this and then everybody can line up to see on what side of the ridiculous you want to get on.
Ken Briggs May 10, 2013 at 01:25 AM
well it is a start ,the police has two mug shots to show people and where they can be found . at lease they were off the streets for awhile , if they do this again it would be in another area . give the police some credit in getting these two .
Marga Lacabe May 10, 2013 at 04:20 AM
For getting two men who were in a car potentially with a screw driver, because someone that fit their description knocked on somebody's door and left before the person answered the door? Is there any behavior left that is not criminal?
Ken Briggs May 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Marga, what were these two doing in this area ? what friends do they have in this area . the police had every right to stop these two . I have not heard why they were in that area for ,
Marga Lacabe May 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM
And what business is it of yours? Since when we have to start accounting to the police as to where we go and why? That is pretty much the definition of a police state.
Ken Briggs May 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Marga Laccabe , lets hope your pad does not get broken into , but you are a dumb one ,you show that you would not help the police but you would help the bad guy or gal .
Marga Lacabe May 11, 2013 at 01:26 AM
I rather my "pad" get broken into that give up my civil liberties. Valuing possessions over freedom is, in my book, pretty dumb. And, indeed, once you do - you'll find out that's it's pretty easy to lose both.
Ken Briggs May 11, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Marga Lacabe , you make a piss poor neighbor if you saw someone breaking into a house next to you if you saw anything . your thinking you would help them .
Fran May 11, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Maybe they were handing out religious pamphlets.
Marga Lacabe May 11, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Ken, do you suggest that we all take an approach of calling the police whenever anyone rings the bell at our neighbors' homes? That's the problem, first the Chief tells people that any behavior is suspicious, then tells them to call the police with it, and then complains to the city council there has been a surge in calls - which must mean a surge in crime - and she needs more cops, and a raise. But hey, I do urge you to call the police every time you see someone approaching your neighbors' home. Then tell us if they come and what they do.
Ken Briggs May 11, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Narga , whenever they knock on the front door and your butt knows they are cnot home and you see them move to the back door and you do not know them ,what would you do . now when you see two young men on bike in the area they area from that church group and when you see three or so with a brief case they are from another church group now how many of these folks you see move to the back door ? I have never seen them move to the back door or back of the house . But you can keep an eye on them and see if they go back to the street / side walk and move on .
Marga Lacabe May 11, 2013 at 05:44 AM
This story doesn't say anything about anyone going to a back door, nor do I think that was the case with the actual burglaries that took place. But to answer your question, if someone knocks on the front door and gets no answer, I see nothing weird about them knocking in a different door. I've done it myself.
Fred Eiger May 11, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I'm glad they arrested these pond sucking scum. It's because of fools like Marge who not only coddle, but celebrate; perverts, degenerates, criminals and rapists is why crime high. We know what you and your ACLU ilk are up to Marga, You are about destroying the USA and instituting a Marxist government. It will be a COLD day in Hell before we let your type take over this country.
Fred Eiger May 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I'll be lined up on the side of normalcy, Michael Moore, you can continue to coddle the criminals.
Fred Eiger May 11, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Marga thinks that crime is acceptable. No sense trying to talk logic with this Buenos Aires Blowhard.
Fred Eiger May 11, 2013 at 05:10 PM
If Marga's pad gets broken into, Marga would no doubtedly sympathize with the people who stole from her. She has no sense of morality or justice. Her and her husband are a threat not only to the education of San Leandro children but to society as a whole.
Fred Eiger May 11, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Ken, listen this old battle axe hates the USA. She HATES the fact that there is such a thing as "private property" in the USA. She was run out of that Third World Cesspool known as Argentina and is on a world wide anarchist crusade. She's a disturbed and sick woman. She sees nothing wrong with someone trespassing on people's property because in her mind there should be no "private property".


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