PLEASANTON — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect in a series of mail thefts, a burglary and a fight with a resident over the weekend, authorities said.
Around 5:45 a.m. Saturday, a Via Di Salerno resident in the city’s Ruby Hill neighborhood woke up when he heard one of his vehicles backing out of his home’s driveway, police said in a statement.
The resident left his home, got into another vehicle and began following north along East Ruby Hill Drive. Moments later, the taken vehicle left the roadway by the neighborhood’s main gate at Vineyard Avenue, hitting a pole and stopping.
The resident managed to reach the vehicle’s driver, who fought him briefly before running away, police said.
Officers responded to the collision, and Livermore police sent a K-9 officer and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office sent its unmanned aerial vehicle team to search nearby for over an hour. The suspect managed to evade capture.
At the scene, investigators found evidence including mail stolen from five other Ruby Hill residents and signs of a separate vehicle burglary, and believe all crimes are likely connected to the suspect.
Police described the suspect as a white male, about 20 to 30 years old and 180 pounds, wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket. In surveillance-video camera footage captured around 4:50 a.m. and released by police, a suspicious person was also seen wearing a dark-colored baseball cap and sneakers, and riding a dark-colored bicycle beside one home’s parked pickup truck and across a driveway.
Anyone with information should call Pleasanton police at 925-931-5100.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.