Ah, Moraga – rolling hills, pastoral fields and neighbors tipping their hats to one another as they pass. And then there’s the Moraga we know…
There are a thousand tales to tell about life here in MoSurbia, and we’re here to drag some of them out into the light. Here now, True Crime Cases that’ll make your hair stand up and drive you screaming back to safety of The City:
Stealing The Silverware
Police were sent to Benedita Place on Nov. 20 after a resident reported that someone had entered her garage early that morning, apparently entering through a partially open garage door, and rifled through her car. The thief or thieves made off with a spare key and a set of silverware.
The afternoon of Nov. 20 police were called to a home in the 100 block of Tharp Drive after an area gardener called to say that someone had stolen his work truck while he was tending to the lawn at the rear of the residence. The maintenance man told officers a white or hispanic male in his 20s entered his 1993 Toyota pickup, used a key the owner kept under the seat and drove away. A witness said the thief appeared to be wearing a white jacket but, sadly, it did not bear the name of his company.
“First, We Need A Violin…”
The parent of a Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School student came to police headquarters the morning of Nov. 20 to report that her son’s violin had been taken at school. Mom put the cost of the violin, case, and pad at $800.
Calle La Mesa Burglary
Residents in the 200 block of Calle La Mesa called police to report that someone entered the resident sometime between 8:50 a.m. and 8:25 p.m. and made off with jewelry and electronics valued at $2,500. No signs of forced entry and the case is under investigation.
No Show Concert Tix
Moraga’s finest drove out to Saint Mary’s College Nov. 21 after a person there reported paying $300 for concert tickets with a prepaid credit card – and never getting the ducats. Attempts to contact the seller at a previously given phone number got harder when the number was disconnected. Hopefully the person scammed wasn’t a student. Three hundred smackers is hard to come by when you’re a student. At least it was for us a couple of hundred years ago.
Bollinger Biker Bashed
Bicyclists and motorists alike have been reporting an increase in tension between the two factions in recent weeks, particularly on snaky Saint Mary’s Road where room is tight. On Nov. 23, police were called to Bollinger Canyon and Saint Mary’s in answer to a report of a bicyclist down in the roadway. The cyclist told officers he was crowded too closely and rammed a second car ahead of him, knocking him to the ground. A witness told police the cyclist was actually going faster than the car ahead of him and collided with the vehicle, spilling him. That car was described only as a “light colored” vehicle. The battered cyclist was taken to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
“…And Then We Need A Flute Section”
Police were notified Nov. 20 that someone had made off with a flute left unattended outside the music room at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. Officers said there were no known suspects at this time but with the theft of the violin and now the flute they’re waiting for a cello to disappear before interviewing any newly-formed classical music trios and checking their equipment.