Two men smashed the rear sliding door of a residence on Country Club Drive Tuesday in an apparent effort to burglarize the home but were scared off when confronted by the owner.
Moraga Police Chief Robert Priebe said the homeowner observed a red Camaro “cruising” the neighborhood around 9 a.m. Tuesday and later saw two men in his backyard.
One of the men smashed the sliding glass door but both fled when the homeowner yelled at them, according to Priebe.
“He saw them drive off but could not get a license plate,” Priebe said. “Orinda PD picked up the Camaro on Moraga Way and tried to pursue, but stopped when the Camaro started driving the wrong way…”
Dennis Schultz of Walnut Creek was on Moraga Way and watched as the chase ensued.
“All I saw were people trying to get out of the way,” Schultz said. “He (the driver of the Camaro) pulled into oncoming traffic and hit the gas. He had to be going 90…”
An Orinda officer terminated the pursuit out of concern for public safety. Detectives on westbound Highway 24 saw the car and briefly gave chase until it started passing cars on the freeway shoulder.
Oakland police were advised of the chase and given a description of the car involved, Priebe said, but there was no word if the car had been intercepted on the Oakland side of the tunnel. One of the two men who attempted to enter the residence was described as a slender black male in his mid-20s, approximately 5’10” tall and wearing a dark brown or black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
Police said the Moraga home was never entered and the resident was unhurt.