Police: 3 Burglars Nabbed in Lafayette Neighborhood

Police were helped by an 'excellent description' from a neighbor shortly after dawn Wednesday, says Police Chief Eric Christensen.

Responding to an "excellent description" from a neighbor, Lafayette police arrested a trio of alleged burglars from Vallejo working the Walnut Lane neighborhood Wednesday morning.

"The neighbor provided an excellent description of the subject and the vehicle that was following him," stated Police Chief Eric Christensen in an LPD news release.

At about 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to the 3300 block of Walnut Lane for a report of a bicycle theft that had just occurred from a neighbor. The neighbor said the man who had taken the bicycle was walking down the street opening mailboxes and removing their contents, police reported.

According to the news release:

Officers made contact with a vehicle in the area and three subjects. Investigation revealed that they had stolen the bicycle and were found to be in the possession of additional stolen property from the neighborhood.
Lafayette Police arrested the following:  

  • Michael Thornton, 29, from Vallejo.
  • Staci Blanton, 39, of Vallejo, and
  • Jessica Colcleaser, 36, of Vallejo.

All were booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for receiving stolen property, petty theft, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Blanton and Colcleaser are being held in lieu of $120,000 bail. Thornton is being held for a probation violation; his status is no bail.

bschoenb March 07, 2013 at 02:09 AM
This Michael Thornton guy was busted back in 2011 for the same sort of thing as reported by the Albany Patch http://albany.patch.com/articles/police-calls-snoozing-parolee-gill-tract-turkeys-fillmore-robbery-attempt-and-more SEPT. 10, 2011 11:20 a.m. Police arrested a Vallejo man after callers said they saw him "driving back and forth also going the wrong way" on Hillside Avenue. Callers then reported him walking back toward their house. Police arrested Michael K. Thornton of Vallejo on suspicion of loitering and trespassing. He was taken to Glenn E. Dyer jail.
James Younger March 07, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Jessica has a regal history as well: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SOLANO-COUNTY-Woman-Arrested-in-Killing-At-2893617.php
c5 March 07, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Good job all around.
Informed Citizen March 07, 2013 at 03:33 PM
These repeat offenders are in a revolving-door criminal justice system that is now a mockery after Jerry Brown's State Prison Realignment. Upwards of 40% of State inmates have been released to the custody of 58 cash-strapped County Jails. Prison "Realignment" is creating a significant hike in crime in our communities, after years of declining crime -- even during most of California's huge depression/recession. http://www.calwatchdog.com/2013/01/03/prison-realignment-sparks-crime-spree/ Contra Costa in particular is financially insolvent (factoring unfunded public pension debt); right behind bankrupt Stockton and San Bernadino, etc. Like most urban Counties and some rural ones it can't possibly deal with the avalanche of inmates dumped in its jails by Moonbeam, et al. This is a fast convenient way for Sacramento to "balance" its budget (!) -- after raising taxes to the highest in the U.S. -- but at our cost. California Counties face budget catastrophes of their own. Sheriffs triage and release the least "dangerous" of the hardened criminals back on the streets. So when you read things like "petty theft" and misdemeanor arrests, know that these repeat offenders are in most cases praying upon us again in very short order. The cops get a quick headline to convince clueless voters that they're not spending 90% of their time handing out traffic citations to fix their budgets, and we all go on putting up with life in a declining society.
LamorindaMan March 07, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Then you pay more in taxes to keep someone in jail for loitering. I will definitely applaud your patriotism at paying more taxes.
My Kids Dad March 07, 2013 at 04:48 PM
how about a mug shot of the bums? we need to be watching for them next time they are out. i dont want a murderer wandering around the streets let alone regular burglars.
Bailey Lee March 07, 2013 at 06:03 PM
@LM. Informed is only stating the facts. These perps weren't "loitering," and the other convicts with get out of jail free cards weren't convicted of loitering either. There are a lot of things wrong here and unless you have a solution to offer, snide comments don't contribute much. Maybe something sensible like legalization/dedriminalization of marijuana use or legalization/regulation of prostitution. Besides, more taxes isn't the solution. The charlatans in Sacto would just waste it on stupid things like they usually do.
Chris Nicholson March 07, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Simple solution, impossible to achieve: 1. Decriminalize victimless crime. 2. Outsource prison and jail operations to lowest bidder (who presumably won't use union corrections officers). 3. Pass a constitutional amendment to clarify that felons' civil rights do not guaranty a pleasant stay and unlimited health/dental/mental benefits
Bailey Lee March 07, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Chris, I've suggested variants of your #2 and #3 to the past three California administrations, none of whom have even cared to even respond. Outsource some or all of the prison industry to our neighbor Mexico (the irony here is killing me). They can do as good a job for less than half the 35-40K annually that one US prisoner costs. Also given the bargains and delights that civilian all-inclusive resorts in Mexico are, the inmates may even decide to stay there. Even better, maybe increasing employment opportunities in Mexico might stem the outmigration a little as well.
LamorindaMan March 08, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Bailey - Thornton was originally arrested on a charge of loitering (see very first post). How long do you propose that we imprison people for loitering? His release had nothing to do with Brown's prison policies.
LamorindaMan March 08, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Seriously? You're going to remember their mugshots in 2 years?
Bailey Lee March 08, 2013 at 01:07 AM
@LM, you are correct! Partially anyway! Loitering and trespassing and now graduating to theft. But my point is that certain "crimes" are ridiculous waste of time and resources, but above a certain level, these criminals should not be given early release just bec of finances. There are ways to stretch the corrections dollars if we have the will to do it.
The Merry One March 08, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Back to the article, thanks LPD for taking them off the streets, for even a short period of time.
LamorindaMan March 08, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Bailey - Totally agree. There are many crimes for which there should be no parole or early release. The time sentenced should be the time served.
Joe March 08, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Great job by the neighbor and the police! Lafayette has an excellent police force.
scott March 10, 2013 at 07:14 PM
good job people keep it up if YOU suspect anything call dont handlre it your self unless its a montana style defense of your home which is if you shoot em when their burglarizing your house and they fall out the window drag em back in LOL or make dman sure they fell in your home LOL is the old saying its shame because i feel they target areas like lomarinda due to the fact they see people who can live in more exspensive homes as all millionaires and loads of this and that laying around for them to grab and steal its not good but with good policing and neighbor hood watch they get busted and deserve it
Bailey Lee March 10, 2013 at 07:44 PM
sorry to say, but your caveats are not a joke in California... http://source.southuniversity.edu/castle-doctrine-from-state-to-state-46514.aspx
Chris Nicholson March 10, 2013 at 08:06 PM
@Bailey: Not a joke at all. In fact, even if you fall within the use of force justification for criminal law purposes, the perp (if he survives) or family CAN STILL SUE FOR MONEY. A proper Castle Doctrine includes civil immunity. From a policy perspective, absence of civil immunity tends to encourage always killing the perp versus repelling the threat in injurious but less lethal ways (shoot at legs versus torso/head, for example)--- a corpse can't debate "reasonable apprehension" with you in court. Imagine atty for Peg Legged Plaintiff: "If you *REALLY* feared for your life, why didn't you shoot to kill?"
scott March 10, 2013 at 08:20 PM
chris exactly lol perefctly explained i love yr anwser to this RIGHT ON
scott March 10, 2013 at 08:23 PM
thats why you put a gun or knife in their hands LOL to cover yr butt in calif lo,l now i am joking
scott March 10, 2013 at 08:24 PM
California allow citizens to protect their homes with deadly force if they feel that they or another person are in physical danger,
Bailey Lee March 10, 2013 at 08:27 PM
One minor point, Scott...I think you have to be afraid for great bodily harm or your life (always works!)
Chris Nicholson March 10, 2013 at 08:30 PM
That's criminal law. You're on your own when family sues you.
Chris Nicholson March 10, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Although true, the whole point of the Castle Doctrine is to give the homeowner a PRESUMPTION of reasonable fear. Meaning if you just shut up, you'll be fine. If you tell the cops on the scene that you weren't scared, but thought the punk deserved it, you may have an issue....


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