Nervous neighbors notified police of a suspicious car with occupants going door-to-door asking for money late Tuesday night and, after Orinda and Moraga officers finally chased down the couple at the Orinda BART station, it turned out one was a wanted woman.
As first reported on our Facebook page Tuesday evening, phone lines started to heat up after a white Oldsmobile was spotted cruising neighborhoods in Orinda, with one caller saying the car was stopped at Muth and Wanda with the occupants “making it look like they were having car trouble.”
Other calls from equally suspicious neighbors brought officers from Orinda and Moraga on the run, with Moraga officers spotting the male half of the pair in the parking lot at Orinda BART and detaining that person after a brief foot chase.
Officers also eventually located Kimberly Wortham, 43, and took her into custody when it was discovered she had an outstanding $280,000 arrest warrant for burglary issued by Oakland police.
Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel praised the citizens who first alerted police: “We believe this arrest prevented a residential burglary,” he said Wednesday. “Thank you to alert residents who alerted the police to suspicious activity.”