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Moraga Crime Files – The Seamy Underbelly Of Suburbia


Police in normally sedate Lamorinda have been busy of late, chasing burglars and would-be burglars and solicitors and such. Moraga and Orinda officers teamed up for a catch in Orinda Tuesday, and they’ve been busy the rest of this week, too.

Here’s a breakdown of “major cases” handled by the men and women of the Moraga police department. Editorial Disclaimer: Not every reported case makes “the log,” as NEWS24/680 doesn’t report some cases under some conditions – e.g., psychiatric cases, most cases involving children, etc.

Here we go:

Beer Pimping

Police responding to a disturbance report at the 7-Eleven on Moraga Rd. ended up talking with two people who had reportedly been screaming and jumping out in front of cars. Officers arrested the pair for being drunk in public; using a fake identification to purchase alcohol; being a minor in possession of alcohol, and for a probation violation. One person was taken to and booked at the Martinez Detention Facility, while the other was cited and released.

Possible Burglary

Moraga officers were called to an address in the 1300 block of Camino Peral on Jan. 14 on a report of a suspicious circumstance, possible burglary at the residence after the owners returned home to find items strewn around. Case under investigation.

The Double Deuce

No, not the roadhouse in that Patrick Swayze movie, but a designation for someone under the influence and that’s what police felt they were dealing with when they arrived at a Carroll Ranch address at 12:42 a.m. on Jan. 17. Officers sent to deal with a report of 3 to 4 folks fighting at that location determined that a woman just released after being arrested for Driving Under the Influence (at 12:37 a.m.) was still upset and – apparently – still intoxicated. She was eventually located after walking away from the scene and, after officers couldn’t locate anyone willing to take responsibility for her, she was rearrested for public drunkenness at 12:57 a.m. and given a ride to the Main Detention Facility in Martinez.

Doggone You…

People love their pets around here and when someone expressed concern about two dogs left unattended in a car at the Rheem Shopping Center the counseling session did not go well with the returning do owner informing the Critter Samaritan where to go – in no uncertain terms. The would-be counselor told police she felt “threatened” by the dog owner’s riposte. The dogs came through the whole experience bemused but fine.


  1. It’s tough on the mean streets. I was barked at twice while walking our dog Spike around the neighborhood this morning.

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