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Tense Moments For Orinda PD Officers Thursday – Two Guns Recovered In Separate Incidents

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While most of us were out blissfully enjoying our day today, police in Orinda were on the job and, apparently, very busy – confiscating two guns during two incidents in the course of their day.

Police Chief Mark Nagel reports that his officers stopped a car with paper plates early in the afternoon Thursday and prepared to interview two people inside. Officers have seen that visiting burglary crews have taken to attaching paper plates to their cars in an attempt to foil the town’s license plate readers.

Police determined that the car had been stolen the previous day after running its identification number and removed the driver and a passenger in order to search the vehicle – finding an unloaded stolen pistol on the passenger seat.

A 34-year-old Pittsburg man was taken into custody after officers determined he had two active felony warrants for his arrest, one a probation violation and the second for weapons/explosives violations.

A further search turned up stolen property and mail apparently stolen from residences in Orinda, Nagel said. The investigation into that case is continuing.

Meanwhile, around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Orinda officers were called on by BART police after passengers reported seeing a man on San Francisco-bound Platform 2 at the Orinda BART station with a gun in his waistband.

Officers responded to the scene while the man was observed shifting the weapon, described as a chrome handgun, from his waistband to his pocket. He was approached by officers and detained, the gun confiscated.

Orinda police turned the man over to BART officers, according to Chief Nagel.


  1. I’m always so thankful for the brave police officers to keep us safe!…
    I wonder though how long they can keep the tide from overwhelming us when the liberal California judicial system is bent on turning every criminal loose on to the innocent public. They have the mistaken- and dare I say brainwashed- view that they are being champions of social justice . I fear it’s only going to get worse with more laws being passed to restrict police and give the upper hand to criminals. California’s idiotic proposition 47 started the bad trend by legistrating that you can steal up to $949 and it’s only a misdemeanor that won’t even send you to jail.
    Crooks out there are the delighing in all of this……and the public suffers, while the uber ‘liberal ‘social engineers’ sit smugly in their enclaved thinking they’ve done good works.

  2. CA lawmakers need to do away with license paper plates. Criminals use them all the time, and fly under the radar of police. In some states, a license plate is issued when you buy a new car. In the mean time, it’s nice to know that in sleepy Lamorinda, you’ll get pulled over.

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