Child’s Heart Medication, Music Equipment Stolen from Vehicle at Elephant Bar

December 27, 2013 13:12 pm · 53 comments




On Thursday night between 7pm-10pm, several items, including a child’s heart medication were stolen from a rental van in the parking lot of the Elephant Bar on Willow Pass Rd. in Concord.

The victim’s friend tells us what happened….

I was eating dinner with a musician friend and her son at the Elephant Bar in Concord lats night after she landed from Detroit. While we were there, someone broke into her rental van and stole their luggage, two Mac computers (one silver w/ black cover, both 13″), a lightweight guitar (Travelers, light wood in black canvas case), a box of her newest CD (Jill Detroit “I’m Outta Here”) and a travel Marshall amp.

More importantly, her son is a heart transplant recipient and his heart medication that he needs to take every 12 hours was also stolen, along with keys to their homes and vehicles. We reported to CPD.

If you see any of this or know of anyone selling any of these items, please contact CPD or Bill Bentley Productions at 925-974-9366. Thank you! We appreciate any information. All they have left is the clothes on their backs.

Please keep your eyes out for any of the stolen items listed above.


1 Connie Dobbs December 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

She didn’t get her stuff heisted while living in Detroit, but two hours in Concord…

2 Joel Smith December 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

That area is known for break ins. I have a regular meeting at the Denny’s down the street, and I cannot tell you how many times I have seen cars broken into there. People should not leave valuables in their cars in that area.

Unfortunately, someone from out of the area cannot know that.

3 Ghetto December 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I won’t go to that restaurant because of how many cars get broken into there.

4 Always Right December 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Trolls coming up from under the bridge?
Check down in the creek area and maybe some of the stuff is dumped there?

5 Diablo December 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

This has been going on for years there. Everybody should boycott this place until they put security in the parking lot to prevent this situation.

6 me December 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

it’s the people who live under the bridge, behind the restaurant

7 We're On Our Own December 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

There is no longer any deterrence thru incarceration to prevent property crimes in California. When Feckless CA legislature passed AB-109 back in 2011 they made every citizen in CA and those visiting targets.

IF these people are caught, even if they have extensive criminal histories they will NOT be sent to State Prison under sentencing guidelines of AB-109.

Assemblywoman Bonilla and State Senator DeSaulnier voted for AB-109.

8 WC Resident December 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Elephant Dump!!

9 Silva December 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I’m really sorry that some dispicable human garbage did that. Rental vehicles often get noticed, as they often carry traveler’s belongings/valueables. Thanks for the heads up with regard to the high incedents of robberies too, folks! I’m sure taking that into account next time I’m thinking of a restaurant to go to or NOT.

10 Brittany Inouye December 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

This sucks!!
I hope that she can get emergency refills of his meds while she’s here – at his young age after a transplant he can’t go very long without meds.

She may need to take him to children’s hospital in Oakland or SF to get an emergency supply.

11 SK December 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

@We’re On Our Own #8, is absolutely correct. Also correct are those who have stated that it is the trolls that live under the bridge who break in to those vehicles. I also won’t patronize Elephant Bar for that very reason.

12 James December 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

People actually go to the Elephant Bar? Wonders never cease.
Still, I hope this poor lady gets her stuff back. What a terrible situation.

13 Not going to Elephant Bar either... December 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I heard that one time someone ordered mashed potatoes, they brought it to one table, set it down, and when that person said they didn’t want it for whatever reason they took it back to the kitchen and then put it back in the serving area and served it to the next patron who ordered mashed potatoes. Gross!! What if the first patron sneezed on it???

14 mika December 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Too bad you didn’t go straight home from the airport to let your friends offload their cargo BEFORE taking them out to dinner. . .

15 Heather December 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Thanks for keeping your eyes out … It would be so awesome if they got even some of the stuff back, they are such great people :(

16 Heather December 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

She was able to get replacement meds for him but it took a lot of effort because of Insurance red tape. Just hope these thieves feel really bad now that they know what they did.

17 anon December 27, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Between all the break-ins and health code violations, I think it’s a miracle anyone still goes to Elephant Bar.

18 Brian Griffin December 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM

And she had to eat at elephant bar. Talk about a string of bad luck…
Hope she gets her stuff back (

19 Tc December 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM

” I was eating dinner with a musician friend ” ummmm.. what does him being a musician have to do with anything? Story sounds kind of fishy to me.

20 Just Another Concord Resident December 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I saw Concord PD working the canal this morning, was wondering what was going on.

21 bumper morgan December 27, 2013 at 3:29 PM

All those tweeker bums under the freeway around there should be rounded up for even the most minor of violations. Cite them, book them for every little crime. Eventually, they’ll get the hint and move on.

22 Hank December 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I agree with Tc…this never happens when I eat dinner with my musician friends.

23 Random Task December 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

no surprise concord welcomes thieves their oversight and greediness has stripped the funds for police and even though the criminals are illiterate they are street smart and when they see no cops and none going to arrive they snatch and grab everything in sight ……..the city council says crime is below normal ……do you believe anything they say …..I do not lived here for many many years and it has never been this wide spread and blatant ……yet the council still moves forward with more section 8 housing paid by us at the cost of all of our hard work to just get by ……business as usual as the bleeding hearts drag down this once great and proud city……..enjoy your elected thieves and all they bring ….and spend at our expense to fund more votes for dems with section dem voter housing

24 Kirkwood December 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

It seems to me that the story is not about the quality/service/security of a local restaurant, but rather the unfortunate experience suffered by a guest in our city. I for one am always embarrassed and offended when any visitor suffers at the hands of a local crook.

25 Random Task December 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

and looks like we are beating out Detroit for worst city to visit ….as you will be held up and have all your stuff grabbed

26 mojoduck December 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Welcome to Concrud
I use to be proud of my town , long ago

27 . December 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Unfortunately that restaurant is 2 right turns away from a freeway entrance.

28 Cowellian December 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Random Task@26,
Apparently, Detroit is now a tourist destination:
More People Come to See Detroit’s Ruin Porn Since Bankruptcy

29 anon December 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM


When there is consistent crime in a locations parking lot, and they take no action, it’s wrong to cite them as part of the problem? Would it really be so terrible if they showed appreciation to their patrons by taking a minimal investment to put up signs and dummy cameras (or even real cameras) to mitigate crimes happening to their patrons on their property?

I get that Elephant bar has done nothing with regards to these crimes, but that’s also part of the point, they have done nothing with regards to these crimes.

You couple the fact that they can’t secure their own perimeter with being shut down at least twice due to consistent health code violations (re-plating food), it kind of starts looking like an easy decision not to support the business.

The fact is this is happening on their property, to their patrons, and they don’t care because it would cost them money, which is the same logic that leads them to re-plate food. Save/make a penny at any cost.

30 Wake Up December 27, 2013 at 5:18 PM

When will people learn not to leave anything in their vehicle?

You can’t steal what isn’t there. If you’re traveling, leave it in the trunk (out of sight), or better yet, bring it to the hotel, or wherever you’re staying. Then go out to eat.


31 Billy December 27, 2013 at 5:32 PM

I’m honestly confused as to why, if we catch thieves red handed and the evidence is irrefutable, we don’t shoot them dead. I know the thieves weren’t caught in this case, but if the penalty was death I doubt their car would’ve been broken into. Someone please enlighten me, I have to be missing something.

32 Lisa December 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM

HOW HARD UP CAN YOU GET???? They were probably snortin ajax too!

33 P.H. Neighbor December 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Soooo, so sorry this happened to your friend.
Thank you for the heads up and taking the time to write to report also to Claycord.

34 Billy December 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM

No, really, that wasn’t a rhetorical question. It’s something I’ve wondered my whole life. Why can’t we shoot thieves? Can anyone help me understand?

35 Justice needs to be served.... December 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I’d love to catch one of these scumbags red handed. Oh, I don’t know officer how he got all scuffed up…all I remember he me scaring the daylights out of him and he tried to run with all the broken glass under his feet and well the rest his what you see of him……hehehe! Officer can I borrow your taser please and could you turn around for just 5 minutes while writing your report!

36 concerned December 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

The musician friend comment,
was to explain why musical instruments were in car.
I’ve seen allot of break ins In the past two years. They watch you pull up, know how long you’ll probably be gone and scope you out inside probably too.
I saw a breakin,,where the hiker parked.
The white work type van pulls up closer.
The victim hikes to the top of the hill looks back, and they had Had just broken in.So they watch you get out of your car.Look around people!!

37 Ian December 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I thought all the break-ins were at Black Angus!

38 Anon December 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Wow the police took a report normally they just point you to their website and have you file your own complaint that will go in the trash pile. Let’s try to count the number of auto thefts in that area and do you ever see a cop around? I was hoping they opened Krispy Kreme so the cops would hang out in the general area but that didn’t work either.

39 mwo1859 December 27, 2013 at 8:58 PM

@billy post #35 Your laws do not allow you to carry a gun in cali legally. I am in florida and I can carry because I have A license. The problem is the democrats dont want you to be able to protect yourself.

40 Maybe the Peuking Maggot December 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM

who stole the Heart Medication will “experiment” with it, suffer some kind of coronary reaction, and die like a stinking rat, flopping around in a putrid puddle of his own death bile and feces……

41 Morgan December 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM

to the comments posted on #20 and 23–some musical items were stolen the article fully before commenting

42 Ingrid December 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I have some heart transplant meds that you can have if you need some more. email me if you are interested. I’m in San Jose

43 Foxy Lady December 28, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Hey hey Billy @ 32 & 35: Are you serious? You’ve wondered that your whole life? You need help dude. Come on now…you are being feceesish right? I mean nobody likes a thief…but shoot them? Really? Does the punishment fit the crime? I’m sorry but nobody’s luggage is worth a life. And what about the threat to innocent bystanders, (and bypassers) who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? mwo1859 @ 40 got it half right: democrats and other rational folks fear the very thought of mavericks like you going off half-cocked and shooting any and everybody who you consider to be a thief. If you cannot comprehend that, i deffinately don’t want you to have the ability to “protect yourself” with a gun in the resteraunt where I am eating.

44 Billy December 28, 2013 at 3:03 AM

@Foxy Lady: I’m sorry you feel that way. Remember, the punishment would be dealt only if there was irrefutable evidence. Don’t wanna get shot? Don’t do what everyone by the 1st grade knows is wrong, which is steal. It’s that easy. You can choose to vote for politicians who don’t push victim-advocacy legislation, but I never will. But fortunately for you (and for thieves) you will get your way; there will never be laws that allow true justice to victims, or that allow people to use real force to protect their property, in the Bay Area.

45 What? December 28, 2013 at 6:59 AM

What’s with the posts from Florida,and
San Jose?

46 lawabidingcitizen December 28, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Wow, they must be rich, who leaves not 1 but 2 APPLE laptops and other valuable items in a car like that? Did they leave a few million dollars in there too?

Foxy lady, its your attitude that allows criminals continue to commit crime. A slap on the wrist lets them get away with what they got so they can do it again. In other countries they chop their finger or hand off to remind them for what they did. A better chance they wont do it again.

Sadly in the US, when they steal or commit a crime, they are given a warm jail cell, food and free medical treatment if needed, we pay for it. Your grand parents get treated worse at their old folks home.

” i deffinately don’t want you to have the ability to “protect yourself” with a gun in the resteraunt where I am eating.”

and who will protect you?

47 ANON December 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

“Just hope these thieves feel really bad now that they know what they did.”

Are you kidding ??????–they could care less if the kid died……….

48 anon December 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

That’s awful. Yes, last time I was at Denny’s, several cars had their windows smashed in the parking lot and then it took CPD like an hour to get to the lot to get the report and these poor guys all lived in Stockton and Manteca. I won’t patronize that area any longer either because you are also accosted in the parking lot by these people too that live in the creek. It is too bad they can’t figure out something to do or at least clean up the drugs and that area. Willows is no better now that UFC went in, everyone gets broken into over there too.

49 J. December 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Is the victims name Jill Detroit or is it Jill Jack from Detroit?

50 VikingPrincess December 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Many of the items listed can be brought to a pawn shop. Have no idea if there are any in the area, if the offender’s went to one out of town or if pawn shops maintain a database but it might not hurt to check. If you do take it upon yourself to personally investigate local pawn shops involve police and ask what to do and what your rights are etc. Don’t go bananas on the pawn shop owner.
Otherwise, sounds like kids.
That parking lot might benefit from security or patrol. There are two banks and a dental office there too.

51 another rip-off December 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

While searching under the bridge keep your eyes open for a white male, mid 20′s, clean cut, thin build approx 5’10″ with a new pair of shoes stolen yesterday from db shoes in the Willows shopping center. It would have taken him no more than 2 minutes to be under the bridge you’re all referring to.

52 Billy December 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

@mwo1859: agreed, Democrats don’t want you to be able to protect yourself or your property, at least with lethal force. But the bigger problem is the morons who vote these unethical pantywaists into office. How can voters be so asinine? Never ceases to amaze me….

53 Starman December 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Concord pd fails to protect us from the homeless under the bridge because they don’t stop them from living there

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