Vehicle Burglaries Continue at the Lime Ridge Parking Lot at Montecito

September 4, 2014 8:00 am · 50 comments


On Monday, we told you about the constant amount vehicle burglaries in the Lime Ridge parking lot at Montecito, off Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord.

Since Monday, we’ve had reports of at least three more burglaries, and the glass on the ground is proof that somebody out there is taking advantage of those who leave their vehicles alone while trying to enjoy the outdoors.


Remember, if you see suspicious activity, call the Concord Police Dept.

SK September 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

People need to start a steady barrage of complaints to the City to have the bushes cut down so that the burglars don’t have cover for their nefarious activities. If the lot were fully visible to passers-by on YV, it would most likely reduce the amount of crime. It is really a simple, low-cost solution.

Sandy September 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM

I agree with #1.

Sick Of It September 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM

AB-109 is really working well for the criminals, not so much for the victims.

94598 September 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM

I don’t think the officers are interested in “wasting their time” taking burglary reports or actually working to solve this ongoing problem- they are focused on their retirements, pensions, adhering to their work rules way that allows them to not work. , and other “entitlements.”

brother bluto September 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM

what happened to the paintball gun/sniper? I guess that was all talk?

PO'd September 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM

High powered rifle is one solution to consider

anon September 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

So the car alarms don’t work , should be a lot of noise when the door is open. Must be climbing thru the broken window.

Marissa September 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Why do people still park there knowing they will be burglarized?

Cindy September 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Just an idea, I don’t keep anything of value in my vehicle when taking a walk, I leave it unlocked, I know people have opened the door. Nothing to take they move on. And no broken windows.

BagsFlyFree September 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM

What a simple set of cameras could do for these pesky types of crimes.. One day we’ll learn I hope..

where is this? September 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I know the parking lot on Treat which says Lime Ridge but is this a separate parking lot? Where do these pics come from- is there another lot on YVB? Please help me out here so my wife doesn’t get “hit”. and PO’d…. I am there with you!!

Just another Concord resident September 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

It might be worth sitting up there to read a book one day and just see who comes around. Maybe take their picture for police reference.

Tara Firma September 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Or…… just take everyin taxes to pay fohing out of your car and don’t lock the doors. I have a soft top. I don’t want to keep replacing so I don’t lock my car. I would rather they just open the door.

You can always pay more In taxes to hire a security guard.

Having a cop there for 5 min a day isn’t going to stop this. Neither is a camera. Maybe the people who use this lot can get together and cut down the bushes themselves.

rkt88edmo September 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

This is at Montecto and YVR (southwest corner of the same intersection as Cowell and YVR). The Treat parking lot gets hit regularly as well.

Why do people park there? Because they want to use the open space.

Olong Johnson September 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I agree with #2

Cameras September 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Camera idea, won’t fly, while there may be funds available to purchase them there is not enough manpower to review the tapes. @ Nature Park the neighbors were told by city/ CPD they could put cameras up on private property, and man them themselves. Not sure how it’s working but they have alot of cameras and signs over there.

The Mamba September 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

If someone broke into my car there, I would go back with my wife’s car and a pistol and a baseball bat, park and wait.

green September 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

yet people still want crossing guards for their children? priorities people. the first priority needs to go to crime, not useless crossing guards.

Kevin Maintzer September 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

They should remove the bushes and fill it in with rocks or some of that saw dust you see in piles everywhere. We are in a drought.

Justin September 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A lot of talk on this site – no action.

Color me surprised.

Sad September 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

94598, I so agree!
Last Thursday I was driving through downtown Concord, and the Farmers Market was setting up, around 2:00 p.m. I swear I saw 7, because I counted them standing on the sidewalk just talking. It wasn’t any kind of meeting because they were all smiles & laughing.
I’m so sick & furious with this city and it’s inept police department!

Gringo Alert September 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

You have to be aware of the certain type of “personnel” that wonders around these locations. The dirty looking lowlifes riding their bikes down local trails are always loitering around the lime ridge parking lot. I would advise people to stop parking there. Even if you have to walk a few blocks and park somewhere else it is worth it.

Anon777 September 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Never been to either place and won’t ever park my cars there. Same reason I won’t use BART any longer. BART and Concord PD don’t give a crap about doing anything about these crimes.

If it happened to me, I’d be like Mamba and go watch and beat the sh** outta the next person I caught. The police need to use “bait” cars. Last resort, put up those signs that say YOU ARE ON CAMERA. Even if it’s not true. At least you have half a chance that these losers might go somewhere else.

BagsFlyFree September 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

@21, your 57% is clearly being well spent.. Just wait for CPD’s $$ demands when the next contract comes around. If Ron and Tim get re-elected, you may see 10 PO’s lounging around TSP flaunting their shiny new bikes.

@16 – Being able to request a video clip for a portion of time that a car was vandilized shouldn’t require a fully manned staff. Live monitoring isn’t necessary, we just want clues to source the perps and to scare them off.

BFF Out!

jean September 4, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Do a sting operation and catch these guys.

KJ September 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Perhaps people should go on group hikes and leave one member behind as the designated car babysitter.

Or, if you don’t live too far away and have the extra time, walk to the trail head and leave your car at home where, presumably, it will be safe.

A final suggestion: Organize a neighborhood watch get people to take turns sitting in the parking lot for a hour or two a day.

Since this parking lot is right by Ygnacio Valley Blvd, and the other Lime Ridge lot is by Treat Blvd — both easy getaways — there’s not much else that can be done to keep cars from being vandalized.

Sick Of It September 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The problem isn’t the bushes, the problem is the Catch & Release. Why do we have Catch & Release because 10’s of thousands of murdering, raping sickos are living it up in a prison with all the sex, food and shelter to live a long life while the victims are scared for life, the families at a loss and the community of lawful folks who support the system cannot get break from those pukes that do no jail time because the prisons and jails are over capacity. Thin the heard, rid the planet of their DNA.

Sick Of It September 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

@ BFF “scare them off”? Really? Scare them off to another location do repeat these crimes? I take it you’ve never had your car window broken, your belongings taken or do you have kids out pulling this crap and think scaring them is better than them going to jail for a few months? This isn’t shaving cream ot TP in trees this is destructive crime of property, burglary, littering and what if a child or anyone was to step or fall on that glass? Something really wrong “scare them off”…………..WTF!

anon September 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

you stole my idea. i would add a k9. i gotta find that video of k9 Ben flying through the air for an attack. awesome dog.

anon September 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM

here’s ben guarding his master.

anon September 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Didn’t someone say they came across a “Homeless Den” not to far from there? Time to do some “Search and Destroy” if thats the case!

anon September 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM

or what if a small group went out in camo wear and paint guns and hid. then when they hit the target it’s not that they were aiming at him, he got in the way of their painball game.

Silva September 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Just sad.

warbirds45 September 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The Clayton PD have little to do. I see the police officer that looks like Barney Fife, he carries two guns and all the gadgets, to make him ready for all the action in downtown Clayton.
Hey, after he hit’s the Clayton Star Bucks, maybe he could drink the coffee in the Montecito lot, and use some of his gadgets!
As Barney would say, Life in the Asphalt Jungle!

anon September 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Head down to Walnut Creek to the parking lot across from the Boundary Oaks Golf Course and enter the Open Space from there. No problems there.

BagsFlyFree September 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

@ sickofit. Crime happens where there is a potential prize with the least amount of resistance or chance to get pinched.. Think about that for a second and tell me why a place with zero patrols and slow traffic is a target again? You can’t tell me that having a suspect mugshot won’t help people spread the word and report activity if this person is near this lot or similar places where break ins occur. These aren’t invisible crimes nor should be treated as a nuisance that some shrub cutting will resolve.

BFF Out!

Typical Claycordian September 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Since the CPD don’t bother patrolling the area anyway, I don’t suppose they’d notice if someone went out with a chainsaw and took out the shrubs themselves…. just saying.

It's not Clayton-it's Concord September 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Lime Ridge Open Space spans both City of Walnut Creek Open Space and City of Concord Open Space, according to the Walnut Creek Open Space website. It is not considered Clayton jurisdiction.

Perhaps it would be good to contact both Walnut Creek P.D. and Concord P.D., since people parking in that lot might be hiking in both W.C. and Concord.

I think that we, as citizens, can make a difference by randomly stopping by the parking lot and sitting there 5 minutes when we’re over that way. If people are entering and leaving the lot all the time, the thieves won’t want to be watched, so will give up and leave.

Let’s try it!

Elwood September 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Remember, if you see suspicious activity, fire off a couple of rounds.

Just another Concord resident September 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I’m going up there for the next hour or 2 and see what I can see.. anybody want to join me? White Honda accord 4 door.. I’m the old guy.

Jerk September 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Is it time for Bait Car?
What can the citizens arm themselves with to capture the perps? – Oh, that’s right – CPD or WCPD needs to step up.

Anon September 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

We can only hope for a crowd of elwoods at the parking lot. Think they see something and start firing. But when the police are inept this is what you get. Elwoods

Just another Concord resident September 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I just spent an hour in the lot.. pretty boring, but 2 mommyvans didn’t get broken in to during that time, 1 mommyvan pulled into the lot with a little girl in the back and saw me and left immediately.. guess I look too nefarious. This is how we handled it when cars were getting broken into at church. just have somebody willing to go out there and watch.. Had my cell phone and a camera.. and of course a good book. No need for any kind of weapon and never got out of my car. You’re welcome and who’s up for the next shift?

Jon September 4, 2014 at 5:56 PM

The police are too busy giving out minor speeding tickets because that is the way they can make money. Trying to catch real criminals is a money losing activity for them.

Cautiously Informed September 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Auto break-ins and theft is a crime (at least I think it still is) but nothing is done here about it by the police. What good is it to have laws in place that don’t get enforced?

BagsFlyFree September 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

When 70% of a city’s police dispatch is to a single select neighborhood, the rest of the areas that requires patrols or proactive stings like “bait car” are second fiddle and become targets.

Concord will never rid itself of a lofty police budget (currently 57% of total) if it can’t invest and redevelop areas outside of Todos Santos Plaza. Clearly our city leaders have their focus in the wrong areas, and prioritize projects or funds to appease campaign contributors (Seeno, POA, Garaventas, etc), and not generating desireable neighborhoods for diverse populations to settle into or pro business areas that increase the tax base collected. Vote out the three incumbants, and vote No to Q2!

BFF Out!

BFF Out!

@Just another Concord Resident... September 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I’m still at work taking a break, but…I will take a shift or two sometime in the next week. I’m a working woman, but will find a few minutes sometime to go up there and look – I used to hike there regularly, and hate to see it become a place were people are uncomfortable going. I’m willing to do my part. Anyone else?

Quint September 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad guys. Not like going down to Walnut Creek chasing graffiti boys and fancy fellas outa the restroom. This burglar, he might be armed, be off yer guard an’ down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that’ll bring back your hikers & joggers. But it’s not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks. I’ll find him for three, but I’ll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you’ve gotta make up your minds & then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, you’ll be sweepin up broken glass the whole winter. I don’t want no volunteers, I don’t want no mates, there’s just too many captains round here. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the arse, the whole damn thing!

Chief Martin Brody September 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I’m telling you, and I’m telling everybody on this forum that that’s an auto burglary! And I know what a burglar looks like, because I’ve seen one up close. And you’d better do something about this one, because I don’t intend to go through that hell again!

Mrs. Kintner September 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Chief Brody….. I just found out, that a car got burglarized here last week, and you knew it! You knew there was a burglar out there! You knew it was dangerous! But you let people park there anyway? You knew all those things! But still my car window is broken now. And there’s nothing you can do about it. My purse is gone. I wanted you to know that.

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