In a big week for criminal activity Moraga police found themselves answering call after call – and a couple of calls they rarely if ever get.
Along with multiple reports of auto burglaries and a couple of car thefts, MPD responded to a report of a carjacking – that’s right, a carjacking – on Via Barcelona last Friday.
The homeowner told police he found someone in his car in his garage Friday morning, that the person started the car and drove off with the owner hanging on until the would-be thief was forced to stop and abandon the attempt. As in other cases reported by police to this site, the thief fled to a nearby SUV and escaped.
No injuries were reported.
A few hours later, police were called to an address on Calle la Mesa after a resident there discovered that the home had been broken into and ransacked.
Police said the thief forced open a rear sliding door to the home sometime between 8:20 a.m. and 3:50 p.m., partially ransacked the home and made off with electronics and other valuables without being seen.
Investigators said a couple suspected of the attempted carjacking in Moraga were later detained by police in Lafayette, an event witnessed by NEWS24-680 readers who saw two people being detained near the Lafayette Safeway store Friday with police searching their car.
A Lafayette police spokesman said the duo were eventually arrested for outstanding warrants and that the investigation into their part in the events in Moraga is continuing.