Lafayette police are asking for assistance from the public after a flurry of burglaries and attempted burglaries in their city and another in Orinda – all believed to be the work of three separate criminal crews at work in Lamorinda on Wednesday and Friday.
Investigators believe two burglaries that occurred on Friday off Reliez Valley Road were committed by the same crew of thieves. A suspicious incident and an attempted burglary in the city on Wednesday were not found to be related, according to police, but investigators believe a successful break-in at a home in Orinda was the work of one of two teams at work in Lafayette on that day.
Editor’s Note: All of these crimes were reported the day they happened on the NEWS24-680 Facebook page.
Police say they have leads to the perpetrators of the Reliez Valley Road break-ins and a description of at least one suspected burglar and a gold Audi a6 he and an accomplice were believed to be using on Wednesday after they reported stopped at a home to ask directions to the freeway – a common ruse, police say.
Police Chief Eric Christensen Sunday asked residents to scan footage from their home security systems for sign of the Audi and any other cars which may have seemed out of place or operating erratically while navigating their neighborhoods. Police are asking residents for any images (video or still) of a vehicle in the Los Arabis neighborhood on Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon, similar images of a car in the Hidden Valley/Acalanes neighborhood on Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon and the same for a car in the Reliez Valley neighborhood on Feb. 6 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In at least one of the break-ins jewelry appeared to be the target item, with a jewelry box stolen from a master bedroom.
If you happened to capture a picture of a gold Audi a6 or other suspicious vehicle in those areas at those times please give Lafayette police a call.