Moragans know they’re living off the beaten path and most of them appear to want it that way. While long-time residents are used to the occasional lost dog, errant steer or mischievous turkey gang caper – they tend to sit up when crimes they might normally expect to see in the Big City occasionally crop up.
Last week was a busy one for local police, it seems, and some of those Big City-type crimes turned up to remind Moragans they aren’t living that far off the beaten track.
Carr Drive Burglary
Police responded to a home in the 40 block of Carr Drive at 8:20 a.m. on April 21 after a resident there called to report that someone had entered the residence sometime between 9:20 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – removing financial documents and jewelry. No witnesses or leads reported.
Several residents spotted the young man flailing his arms and staggering outside the Orchard Supply Hardware store at 8:52 a.m. April 22, and several used our Tip Line to ask what was up. We reported that the local man was contacted by police, who found four cans of recently used aerosol dusting spray and the subject, who witnesses said was waving his arms and having a hard time standing. The man, who was inhaling the toluene from the cans, was arrested and booked for possession with intent to inhale, public intoxication, and two counts of misdemeanor probation violation.
Dust Off Crisis
That term has different meaning for the Vietnam generation but an entirely new one today as Moraga Orinda Fire District personnel report responding to an apartment in the 2100 block of Donald Drive at 2 p.m. April 23 to find a 36-year-old woman unconscious and in distress. It was determined that the woman was depressed, drinking heavily and inhaling Dust Off. Attempts to revive her on the scene were unsuccessful and she was taken to John Muir Medical Center for emergency care.
The scourge of car burglaries continued last week in Moraga and elsewhere, with a Wandel Drive resident calling to report that her garage door opener and BART parking pass had been stolen from her unlocked car as it was parked in her driveway.
After Hours Work
An industrious person cramming in work on a residence in the 600 block of Augusta Drive on April 23 was contacted by police and informed of the city’s limits on construction hours. A citation was delivered in the mail.
Officers responded to the Moraga Country Club at 7:10 p.m. on April 24 after it was determined that someone had smashed a glass side door and entered the club, stealing $550 in cash and checks from two different locations inside. No witnesses or suspects.
Police received a report of a man sitting in a car in the 300 block of Birchwood Drive. Officers contacted the man and discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for traffic violations. He got a ride to Martinez and his car was towed and placed in storage.
Moraga Bike Pusher
On April 26 police were informed of a man riding a bicycle while pushing another in the area of St. Mary’s Road and Rheem Blvd. Officers contacted the man just north of Rheem Blvd., but when he saw them he allegedly jettisoned one bike and fled in the direction of Lafayette on the other. Police identified the man as a Moragan with “a criminal history.” No arrest but the abandoned bike was placed into safekeeping at the police department.
Cutting To The Chase…
There were lots of identity theft cases in Moraga. And elsewhere, of course. The IRS tax scam continues to be popular here and across the country…
Case Of The Missing Moreno, Er, Murano
On April 23 a resident called police to report that someone had taken a 12-inch bowl from her home. Police noted it as a “Moreno” bowl but we’re thinking it is probably a “Murano” bowl valued at approximately $1,000. No suspects or leads.