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Crime Files – Moraga (With Burglary Flurry, And The Sinkhole Claims Another Victim)

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The men and women of the Moraga police department, busy over the course of any day, really got a workout this past week as visitors unknown paid the town a visit and not in a good way.

As reported on NEWS24/680, a pair of burglary crews or one just really prolific one descended on Moraga – leaving a trail of crimes in their wake and police shaking their heads:

Woodford Drive Home Targeted

Moraga’s Big Week started at 12:23 a.m. on June 22 as someone entered a home on Woodford Drive through an unlocked bedroom window – leaving fingerprints and a shoe print on the entry window – and rummaging through the home. Electronics were taken. No known suspects or witnesses.

… On To Draeger Drive…

At 12:26 p.m. that day a resident reported a burglary in progress in the 100 block of Draeger Drive. Air and ground units responded and a person was detained outside the residence – but no one was found inside, although officers determined that someone had entered the home and appeared to be in the process of removing property when surprised by a resident. No forced entry to the residence.

…And Buckingham…

Also on the 22nd officers responded to a report of a burglary on Buckingham Drive after the resident called to report hearing someone outside her home. The resident found a screen removed and a window open – and a small amount of money appeared to have been taken from the home. No suspects, no leads.

… And A Little Further Up The Street…

Again on Buckingham, this one discovered not far from the first home at a nearby residence. Officers determined that the thief or thieves entered through an unlocked window and removed property valued at more than $100. No suspects, no leads.

… And For The Hat Trick:

While canvassing Buckingham Drive for witnesses to the listed burglaries, officers discovered an unoccupied residence with two rear window screens which, though secured, appeared to have been damaged during an attempt to remove them. Physical evidence was collected in this case and the investigation is ongoing.

Moraga PD Assists With Arrests In Lafayette

Moraga police were on hand in Lafayette early the morning following the burglary flurry as officers searched for a suspected burglar who entered a home in Lafayette while a mother and child were still inside. The suspect ended up leading Lamorinda police on an extensive chase into downtown Lafayette. Officers, thinking they had sighted the suspect from the previous day, instead found themselves arresting two suspected carjackers who had attempted to enter a woman’s car on Mt. Diablo Road that morning – a Moraga officer applying a Taser to one of the suspects when he fled.

“Aaarh, Sinkhole Eat Delivery Truck”

On 8:40 p.m. on June 25 Moraga police responded to Rheem Blvd. and Center Street, known since March as “The Great Depression,” after a tractor-trailer attempting to make deliveries to the Rheem Center was unable to negotiation the turn and struck the barrier around the sinkhole – dragging it out of place and damaging it, according to police. Officers spoke with the driver and did the paperwork while Town Public Works erected another temporary barrier around our hole.

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