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MORAGA POLICE LOGS: Cartier, Contractors, Craigslist Tricksters… And Karaoke


Quite the alliterative string going there as the officers of the Moraga police department forward a list of calls handled in their town last week. It was a busy week for Moraga’s men in blue – as you’ll see:

Pilfered Items Found/Returned

Police were called to Wandel Drive and Larch Ave. at 9:45 a.m. on May 8 after a resident there found unspecified personal items at that location. Officers took possession of the items and initiated a search for their owner – who was eventually located. The owner recovered the items, telling police they were taken during a car burglary at the Del Valle Staging Area on Canyon Road earlier in the day.

It’s Not Like This On The Home Improvement Channel

Officers were summoned to the 100 block of Hodges Drive at 6:03 p.m. May 8 in answer to a call of a civil dispute at a home there. They found the homeowner at a home there upset with her contractor, who was on the premises to install some kitchen cabinets but who, according to the home owner, was “acting aggressively and demanding more money” – even though she had already paid him the lion’s share of an agreed upon fee. Police reported they were asked to stand by as the contractor and two helpers packed their tools and left. Both parties agreed the matter would be settled civilly after emotions had cooled.

Who Clipped The Cartier?

Officers responded to Danefield Place May 8 after the homeowner discovered a men’s Cartier Santos watch, valued at $10,000, had been taken sometime in the last few weeks.

Bogus Franklins

Also on May 8 police were called to a residence in the 1900 block of Ascot Drive after a person there reported contacting a party through Craigslist in order to sell an iPad Mini 3. The seller told officers his buyer arrived at 11 p.m. in a silver Toyota Tundra with no visible plates, taking possession of the iPad and paying $320 for it. The seller said he contacted police because the bills looked funny and, indeed, the hundreds all turned out to be freshly made. The twenty was good, though. Police are following up on available leads.

“We’ll Fix Your Car… Trust Us.”

A homeowner in the 1300 block of Rimer Drive told police she was approached at 1 p.m. on May 9 by two people who offered to fix her car for cash. The resident told officers she invited the pair inside. Police found that several doors and windows – all previously locked – had been unlocked. They could also find no evidence of any previous work on the homeowner’s car.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

On May 9, a homeowner at Alta Mesa Drive and Alta Mesa Court found what looked like a “Smiley Face” etched into her car door, possibly with a key or other device. Damage was put at $350. Police had no leads.

“Sweeeeet Caro…liiiiiine. One more time, now…”

At 10:20 p.m. on May 9 officers were called out to a home on Ashford Place in answer to complaints of noise emanating from the residence. Officers reported hearing music from several homes away and contacted the owner, who informed them they were having a party and singing karaoke in the backyard. The singer/homeowner was issued a warning notice and agreed to turn the volume down.

“God Is a Gael, and God Likes It Loud.”

Saint Mary’s College was also kicking up its heels that night, apparently, and police were summoned by a call from a neighbor after the decibel level reached unacceptable levels. Campus Security got the word and an outdoor dance at the Soda Center was moved indoors after contacted by Moraga police at 11 p.m.

Burglars Strike On Camino Ricardo

This site has reported the successes of some neighborhoods and homeowners who have ramped up their home alarm systems of late, only to have equally dedicated crews of burglars find more inventive ways of getting what they want. On May 10, a thief or thieves entered a home in the 600 block of Camino Ricardo, cutting the power to the home in order to force open a garage door and gain access to the residence. The unlucky homeowner is compiling a list of items lost in the theft.



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