PLEASANTON -- Police believe a Pleasanton man was targeted for his casino winnings Monday afternoon when he and his wife were robbed at gunpoint less than 12 hours after winning the haul.
Officers responded to the area of Roselma Place at 12:37 p.m. after a woman reported she and her husband had just been robbed of a bag of cash at gunpoint, Lt. Scott Rohovit said.
The woman's husband told police that he had been gambling at a Bay Area casino from Sunday evening into the early hours of Monday morning. He said he won an unspecified amount of money, took a cab home, then fell asleep while lying next to the cash in a downstairs bedroom.
The woman told officers that she had just returned home and was trying to close the garage door when three armed men appeared, forced her inside the home, and demanded "the money" from the fearful couple.
Rohovit said the woman's husband handed the cash over to the armed gunmen out of fear for his and his wife's safety.
"It appears the victims were targeted for this reason," said Rohovit, who said investigators are considering the possibility that the suspects were at the casino that morning and followed the victim home. It wasn't immediately known whether the man recognized the victims from the night before, Rohovit said.
The men took off on foot toward Bernal Avenue, the victims told police. The three suspects were described as black male adults, 19 to 23 years of age, all about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. Each man was wearing a red hoodie and black pants, and all wore bandannas during the robbery.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.