Moraga Police, in what their acting chief called “an extensive and ongoing investigation,” arrested a 15-year-old youth living in the Carroll Ranch area investigators say is responsible for four residential burglaries and one attempted burglary last week.
The youth, whose name has not been given due to his age, was arrested shortly after a neighbor in the Carroll Ranch area reported seeing a teen inside an open garage around 9:30 a.m. The neighbor knew the garage belonged to an elderly neighbor and that the teen was not supposed to be inside, according to police.
Acting Chief Jon King said officers contacted the elderly neighbor and found that items had been moved around in her garage, but that nothing appeared to have been taken. Officers contacted the juvenile, who admitted being in the garage, with officers eventually determining that the juvenile was responsible for four residential burglaries (one that had gone unreported) and one attempted burglary last week. Officers were able to recover some of the stolen property and are continuing their investigation, King said.
The juvenile, who police said does not attend local schools but who has ties to the area, was released to his mother.
King expressed his department’s thanks the citizen who observed the suspicious activity and promptly reported it. In this case, he said, their actions not only prevented a burglary, but were instrumental in solving 5 other felony crimes. This is an incredible example of the importance of the police and residents working together.
To report a crime or suspicious person or vehicle, please call Dispatch at 925-284-5010.