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Police Beat: Ain’t No Crime Like Moraga Crime…

Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, Moraga crime beat.

It’s a tough-as-nails world of suburban crime: neighbors straddling parking spots to keep the Tesla from getting door-dinged; nocturnal tip-toeing into adjacent yards to pilfer particularly handsome rose blossoms for the foyer.

That kind of thing… mostly. Here are a few standout moments from last week’s Moraga police blotter:

Dispute Resolution – Moraga-Style

  • On Oct. 27, Moraga police report counseling a pair of motorists who had conveniently pulled over in the MPD parking lot to undertake a vigorous discussion on how much alcohol the other had consumed and which of them was worse off for it. The prevailing argument, officers reported, was that the driver felt the passenger had over imbibed and was not fit for time behind the wheel. Moraga police, in their words, “were able to help both parties resolve the issue.”

Marriage – Moraga-Style

  • The very next night, officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Ascot Drive in answer to a call from a neighbor about a vigorous argument between a man and woman in the area. Officers found the couple in question, who admitted they had been having a verbal argument but that nothing untoward had occurred. Officers noted that the couple appeared calm and “amused by the anonymous report given the nature of their argument.” See, we told you these things could get brutal…

Back To Ascot…

  • Officers returned to Ascot Drive around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 after the neighbors reportedly had enough (or maybe it was the anonymous marriage counselor again) and dropped a dime on a party underway in the 1900 block of Ascot. Officers quickly determined they had a festive event on their hands and, on further investigation, found about 50 people packed into a 3-bedroom apartment. The tenants were admonished and informed of the town’s Loud and Unruly party ordinance.

Check Washing On Corliss

  • A resident on Corliss contacted police Oct. 31 and told them that checks stolen when someone pilfered their mailbox earlier in the week had been altered – a process known as “bleaching” – and that the miscreant had attempted to cash them. Police and the victim’s bank are on the case.

Rimer Road Roadhouse

  • Those anonymous neighbors dialed up police again after the area around Juniper and Rimer roads started to go thump-thump-thump on Halloween Night – and police answering the call reportedly found more than 100 kids conjuring up the spirits and drinking same at a home in the 1200 block of Rimer. As we heard from neighbors at the time, and mentioned on our Facebook page, a teen girl was overcome by alcohol and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The resident of the home was issued a Loud and Unruly party warning as well as a citation for violation of a town ordinance. 

… And Meanwhile, On Ashbrook Place

  • At 10:19 p.m. on Halloween Night neighbors on Ashbrook had enough and called police in on a party on the block. Upon arrival, officers met a person they said was under the influence and cantankerous – our word, not theirs – refusing to obey instructions and resisting arrest. The unnamed person, whose age was not given by police, was given a night in county to reconsider.

Ending… On A Serious Note

  • The evening of Nov. 1 officers responded to 1413 Camino Peral in answer to a report of a woman lying on the ground near the Moraga Commons, apparently unconscious. Police determined that the woman appeared to be under the influence, but had also suffered injuries consistent with an assault. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police are investigating the incident.


  1. The only thing more unusual than a phone snatch robbery in Danville is hearing that the robber was located in Moraga.

  2. I can’t imagine an adult would have remained at the scene much less hosted a party where underage people were hospitalized as a result. This had to be a case of the kids inviting friends over while mom and dad were out of town right?

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