Suspected Attempted Burglar Spotted in Unincorporated Concord near Myrtle Dr.

May 22, 2014 20:16 pm · 65 comments

Claycordians, read this….

We live around Myrtle Dr. in unincorporated Concord, and a few minutes ago I noticed a guy ride up on his bike, knock on my neighbor’s front door, and then went around to the side gate and tried to open it. I yelled at him and he quickly rode away. I wasn’t about to give chase since he was big, and I’m a small woman. He was a white man in his 30’s with blondish hair and he was bald on top. Looked like he might have been homeless, or just didn’t take care of himself. I just wanted to warn everybody to keep your eyes out. I have never seen him in the neighborhood before. I called the cops.

Thanks for the warning.

Life is wonderful May 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Sounds like the homeless guy under the bridge between Bailey and Ayers.

Fred May 22, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Next time – say nothing & call the cops via 911- do not yell. Then the cops can catch him in the home. Everyone wants to scare away the perps instead of getting them caught.

Springwood resident May 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Based on the description, I think it may be the same bum I see on berrywood and olive dr. I think he lives at the end of berrywood. The place is really creepy looking (gate gravel and a shack) and am shocked the place hasn’t been raided by the cops.

Avid Claycordian May 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Way to be judgemental. You shouldn’t have yelled at him. For all you know, he could been a friend or relative. Judgemental, stereotypical society is still upon us. Reality check: go to the Bronx and see if you have anything to complain about.

Atticus Thraxx May 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

We have a real life bridge troll? Cool.

Avid Claycordian May 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

@AtticusThraxxx Yes we do. His name is Juan Pablo and I feed him once in awhile. Very sweet man, has a cute setup beneath the bridge.

A bridge between Bailey & Ayres? That's a LONG bridge May 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM


No keen May 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I live around Myrtle and whoever you are, THANK YOU.

anon May 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Go with your gut at times like this. err on the safe side. no harm done. #4 is in the troll tweakers on bicycles (not for the purpose of exercising and are often seen hauling large items such as garbage bags full of recycles that they stole, all they while riding a bicycle that very often does not match their gender or age).

@Avid Claycordian May 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

How is any of this judgemental or stereotypical? A friend or family member wouldn’t run away from concerned neighbor (and in this case, a large man running from a small woman). Why don’t YOU do us a favor and move to the Bronx!

Avid Claycordian May 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM

@anon. I lived in the projects and trust me, you wouldn’t last a day.

@anon, #9-----garbage bags full of recycles they stole? May 22, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Where is your proof the mostly aluminum cans were stolen, and not collected from garbage bins and trash receptacles outside stores? And who cares whether a bike matches the person’s gender? Your head is so far up where the sun doesn’t shine, you’ll never recognize reality when it bites you.

anon May 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Sounds like the same guy that burglarized my neighborhood.

Avid Claycordian May 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

@12 Thank you.

Not Their Problem May 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

An what’s gonna happen to him if he is caught red handed?
Both Assemblywoman Bonilla and State Senator DeSaulnier, Voted For AB-109 back in 2011. That single bill gave the State’s Prison overcrowding problem to the 58 Counties.

Feckless democrats voted to make Prison overcrowding Not Their Problem.
AB109 specifies 500 crimes that now are punishable by county jail terms in excess of one year and one day.
Any sentence handed down under AB109 is Automatically cut in HALF.

An because County jails all over the state are now overcrowded by convicted Felons that used to go to State Prison, misdemeanor burglars are turned back onto the street long before their sentences are completed.

Might as well install revolving door in every county jail statewide.
Deterrence thru threat of incarceration for property crimes in CA has been rendered into a JOKE by democrat run State legislature.

Assemblywoman Bonilla and State Senator DeSaulnier helped make this situation possible. Remember that when you vote.

Barack May 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

This is all news to me.

Thankful Claycordian May 22, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Hope my neighbor would do the same thing.

Lol @avid claycordian

Cousin Darold May 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

That was Darold, or his other brother Darold, looking for a crust of bread and vino

@springwood res. May 23, 2014 at 12:08 AM

That’s the same house where a man was arrested for stealing the copper plaque at newhall park awhile back.

Until he's convicted May 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

He’s an alleged suspected attempted burglar.

dilligafman May 23, 2014 at 6:24 AM


wow May 23, 2014 at 6:34 AM

good job neighbor! All too often people see suspicious things and do nothing about it.

Nutcreek Frontier May 23, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Wish there were more neighbors like the writer…if the alleged burglar had an innocent purpose, he would have stayed around to explain it, just common sense. Am worried Avid Claycordian would make the burglar a sandwich and help carry the TV out.

Avid Claycordian May 23, 2014 at 7:13 AM

I have cameras in front of my house. Install some @anon and @ThankfulClaycordian so you’re not paranoid. Seriously, #firstworldproblems.

Fred May 23, 2014 at 7:49 AM

“Reality check: go to the Bronx and see if you have anything to complain about.”

we choose to live here–they choose to live there–too bad for them

Connie Dobbs May 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

#11 You sound homesick.

Luvin Concord May 23, 2014 at 8:33 AM

@ Not Their Problem #15 – Thank you for the video! I knew that this problem existed, but I didn’t realize how much worse it has gotten over the last couple of years. Does anybody else think that part of the overcrowded prison problem in CA is due to us having so many unnecessary laws on the books? It is so easy to become a criminal in this State. (e.g. if the clip on your pocket knife gets covered by an un-tucked shirt or jacket you have committed a felony)

JET May 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Yesterday I was at the intersection of YV Road/Clayton Rd around 430pm. While I was waiting at a red light, there was a homeless looking man pushing a shopping cart WITH A WOMAN IN IT, legs hanging over the side who appeared to also be homeless and unconscious (or close to it). WTH has happened to this area? I grew up nearby and it used to be VERY nice.

qwerty May 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM

If noticing and yelling at a creepy guy sauntering around a neighbor’s home is considered judgmental then put the name Qwerty in the column of judgmental. Thank you neighbor for sending the message that we look out for one another around here! I’ll keep my eye open for the same at your house.

@ Lovin Concord May 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Factually untrue. There is no law against having a concealed pocket knife, none.

qwerty May 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Hey Jet (and Mr Mayor),
I’ve noticed an increased number of bums at this intersection too. I see too many scummy addicts hanging in front of the Shop ‘N Go (next to the Shell at the intersection of YVR & Clayton Road). There is a fenced-in space between Shell and Clayton Bicycles where the bums slide between the buildings and hide behind the dumpster. If there are any law enforcement reading this it would be great if you introduced yourself to these guys.

Always Right May 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I agree we have increasing problems with addicts and vagrants roaming around Claycord stealing stuff, harassing people for money, etc. seems to become more of a problem in the spring ( like bears coming out of hibernation).

The only solution is tough law enforcement. Chief Swanger , please take note. Too many patrol officers are just moving from call to call and not taking time to show these criminals some tough love.

sarah tracy May 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I wish my postings to this blog got posted. As an exclaycordian im very familiar with the area and the people in it. With the description youve given I could pretty much give you his name AND addresa. In the past ive tried to let the police know, they just don’t want to adress it at all…its so sad. I lost everything to concord and no longer live there as a result. They are notinterested in stopping the crime. Its a damn shame.

PhilthyPHRESH May 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I think she’s right to yell. Actively engaging let’s perpetrators know that the community isn’t relying in police presence to help provide secure living. Personally like the burglary report comments, I would rather have a chance at “subduing” the perpetrator myself, though I can’t speak for a woman in this case. And sitting around doing nothing, while waiting for police to show up is not only judgmental, but unfair to ones neighbor.

anon May 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Since CPD doesn’t take fingerprints in residential burglarizes, what evidence do they have to convict a burglar unless he is caught in the commision of the crime?

57 Chevy May 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I’d yell at him too. Get the heck out of here! He’s going to be long gone by the time the police arrive, and unless he has warrants, they’ll probably let him go anyway.

anon May 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Wow 12 why so defensive? Would you be ok with a s tranger snooping around your property? have you never seen or heard or even read on this site about the problem of people stealing others recycles in this area? Where’s my proof? my own neighborhood for one. You must not be familiar with the tweakers and that ccc is a hub for meth. It is well known that tweakers steal anything and everything. Thus the point about the bike and wrong gender, there’s a very good chance it was stolen. sarah tracy above. maybe when things start to disappear around your area you’ll understand.

Cici May 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

If he has longish hair, then yes, I think he’s the guy several have identified. I see him riding his bike. I assume he is homeless and is one of the homeless people that camp out along the dry creek bed that curves around from Bailey Rd, runs underneath Concord Blvd, behind the houses on Claycord Ave, and near a cute little hidden gem of a neighborhood park. That group of homeless seem to favor the area under and near the bridge on Concord Blvd. The bridge is on the part of Concord Blvd that runs between Bailey Rd and Ayers Rd.

Springwood Resident, I don’t think he lives in the house you are referring to. He does ride his bike through that neighborhood though. It is near the creek where the homeless hang out.

Avid Claycordian May 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

@Fred You need to be educated. @ConnirDobbs I’d love to take to where I was raised. #entitledbrats

@#24 May 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

You have cameras on your house and you’re calling someone else paranoid? What good are they if you’re against calling the police about suspicious activity anyway? So, because the Bronx is a s**t-hole we should settle for less here? First – world problems? Accepting crime as the norm is a pretty good step towards becoming third-world. Why is the new trend in a good portion of Concord residents to work towards lowing the bar? I feel sorry for the decent folks still living there. Must be frustrating to chase a burglar away and have your fellow neighbors get mad at you, instead of the burglar.

SF CityGirl May 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

@ Avid Claycordian- You should really just go back to your ghetto ass bronx since you seem to support such a s!@#hole. I hope you don’t live in my neighborhood, you probably wouldn’t have done a dam thing if the situation was at my house. Any you have security cameras!? LMAO Not such a bad ass after all are you???

SF CityGirl May 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

@Jett, I saw the same guy with the shopping cart. He does suffer from mental issues and is homeless because he doesn’t take his meds. He is a regular in that area. Some days he’s ok & the other’s well, the Schizophrenia is in full swing. It is sad.

Connie Dobbs May 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I’m not from around here, either.

@SF CityGirl May 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

If you think that just because he has mental issues we should give him a free pass to break into our homes, tresspass on our properties or committ any other crimes, you are ridiculous. People with mental issues, whether on or off their meds, cannot be “felt sorry for” when they committ crimes. Whether a property crime, rape, murder, etc. they need to be held accountable REGARDLESS of their personal challenges. Society is going to regret becoming too “politically correct” and afraid they are going to “offend” someone for asinine reasons like you suggest. Soon everyone will have an excuse for committing any wrongs because we keep making excuses legit!

Get over it!

SF_citygirl May 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

At idiot#44~ You must have not passed reading and comprehension in school, because based on what I wrote, there is nothing in my paragraph that suggests and supports anything you wrote. You sound like you also have anger management problems. Please re read, study, take notes & try again.

Cowellian May 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Somebody’s hitting on Connie.

What Brand of Cameras May 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Avid Claycordian – what brand of cameras do you use at your place? I have been looking at them for some time and can’t seen to find a brand that I like.

Wireless would be great so I can store the base DVR in the house and not run cables across all the rafters or the yard.

This is happening all too often in our neighborhoods. Take back Claycord and look out for each other – even if you don’t always like them!


Suzie May 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The parking lot is where the undesirables hang out, ask questions and beg for money. Most of these are not homeless, but people with mental issues.

MeCrazyWoman May 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Last year my house was broken and they did dust for prints.

Radons May 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Camera’s are the thing, only fools would enter where there are cameras. Idiot!

Anastasia May 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Sadly, there is more homeless moving into the creek area behind my house off Claycord. Garbage is everywhere, sleeping bags, clothes and food containers.. I worry with the new am/pm opening up just down the street its only going to get worse.

Internet tough guy alert! May 23, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Look out everybody! Someone who lived in the Bronx is here to tell us what’s what. Out of the millions who live in the Bay Area, what were the chances that Claycord would get the ONE guy from the Bronx! It doesn’t matter which ghetto any of you were raised in, this guy right here? He’s from the Bronx!

You think something is tough? Well, Bronx. You think you have a burglar in the house? Too bad you’re not from the Bronx. You think common core math is hard? Just try growing up in the Bronx. Having trouble with that pickle jar? Get some perspective and Google Bronx. Arguing with someone about calling the cops? Just win that argument by repeating the word “Bronx”.

Sarcasm turned off: No one around here with any sense gives 2 sh*ts about where you’re from. You “grew up tough”, go find some middle school kids and tell them all about it. The neighbor did the right thing yelling at the guy and the fact that he took off ASAP is a pretty clear indication he was up to something. It doesn’t take a Bronx upbringing to tell what was going on.

SF_citygirl May 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM

@#52 Internet tough guy alert: You are spot on. : )))

Avid Claycordian May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

@internet tough guy. What’s your number? I’d like to speak to you in person.

brig May 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Agreed #52. When she yelled, I assume she yelled “HEY” and if a guy bolts after that, he has criminal written on his face. If it was a friend or family member, the person she yelled at most likely would have stayed put and replied ” Oh Hi, I’m so and so” etc.. Thanks Neighbor!!

Subterfuge May 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

@ Brig #55;
I assumed she yelled “To be or not not to be!!!”
Anybody else want to add to this pot? Much more entertaining than discussing the lame a$$ bronx (it doesn’t deserve a capital ‘b’ today).

Cowellian May 23, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Avid Claycordian@54 said:

@internet tough guy. What’s your number? I’d like to speak to you in person.

We’ve got your number, Troll!

lol May 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

@avid claycordian – go home!
@tough guy-yay!
@neighbor-thanks for doing the right thing!

@internet tough guy May 23, 2014 at 4:39 PM

You are funny! Please keep commenting, that’s the best comment I’ve read in a long time.

Nokeem May 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

@avidclaycordian am.aghast at your comments, nobody I know from the Bronx would condone your position that interloper was not up to no good. Common sense says the person would have identified themselves and thanked the neighbor for getting involved. In my old neighborhood in Philly, once the person was spotted trying to get into the house (no side yards) and reacted by running after being spotted by a neighbor, they would have received a beating. End of story. You make no sense to me at all, just an inflated sense of self. DB. The reasoning is no different regardless of the town, the result maybe different, maybe. We aren’t stupid and we aren’t persuaded by your nonsense about the Bronx. It’s embarrassing. Your position is untenable – being street and calling everyone judgmental. Why not establish a shelter for all of these fine folks? Walk the walk….have em all move into your home. Your cameras can watch the meth heads steal all your stuff.

ZuZupetals May 23, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Of course yell at him. If he’s legitimately there to visit, HE WOULD HAVE YELLED BACK!

Anon May 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

That’s the same guy who was walking back and forth in front of our neighbors house as well as ours. He hid his bike in the bushes and was shining a flashlight in cars as well as checking to see if he could find a open car door. When I got up and turned my light on to call the cops, he ran and pulled his bike out of the bushes and rode off. We live off Kirkwood Dr/ Camino Estrada

@#61 May 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Stop assuming things. This is all normal behavior for The Bronx and should be ignored elsewhere too.

(I’m kidding)

Atticus Thraxx May 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The Bronx is where people move to when they can’t cut it in Brooklyn.

Connie Dobbs May 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

#60, In SE DC, he would have simply disappeared.

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