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Moraga Crime Log


Incidents recorded by the men and women of the Moraga Police Department. We can’t help but note trending incidents in the logs from time to time and this week it was our resident college’s turn in the spotlight:

Campus Crimes
On May 10, Moraga, Moraga police visited Saint Mary’s College to speak with the unhappy owner of a car that had been burglarized – with property taken after someone smashed its window to gain entry. A fingerprint was lifted and The Boys (and Girls) down in the Crime Lab are working on that aspect of the case.

Also on the 10th, at 12:11 p.m., officers returned to SMC to speak with a visitor to the college who reported that someone had stolen items from his unlocked car. The victim told officers he’d parked in the commuter/visitor lot at about 12:15 a.m. that morning – returning at 10:30 a.m. to find that his debit card, laptop, clothing, and miscellaneous electronic gear had been taken. No suspects, no leads.

The following day, on May 11, officers returned to Saint Mary’s to talk with a person who informed them someone had smashed the front window of his car with a large rock while it was parked in front of his dormitory. Officers determined the vandalism took place sometime between 7:30 p.m. on May 9 and 11:50 p.m. on that day. No witnesses, no leads.

On May 12, a college student called police to report that someone made off with her MacBook Pro while in class. The student was at a loss to say who would do such a thing and she put the cost of the computer at $1,800 – not to mention the value of the school work stored inside.

Buzzing A School Zone
Police stopped a zippy Subaru after it was paced at between 50 and 56 mph in a 35mph school zone (1000 block of Camino Pablo) while little people were walking in the area. Officers noted a strong smell of alcohol on the driver during a conversation with him and determined his blood alcohol content to be .235 percent. The driver was arrested for DUI and later released to a sober friend after signing a promise to appear for a later court hearing.

The Parent Trap
Mentioned only because we’re seeing lots of instances lately where local parents feel compelled to offer parenting advice to other parents – often with ill feelings resulting. In a recent instance May 12, officers were sent to the Commons Park in answer to a report of a child being hit with a stick by another parent. Officers determined a child was playing with a tree branch near other children when a parent, concerned the child was not being supervised correctly, took the branch from the child when it came too near her own children – inadvertently striking the limb-swinging child on the ankle with the branch and inflicting a small, red mark. Officers were able to determine no crime had occurred and all parents and children went on their way.

The Blue Buzzkill
Officers responded to reports of a large party in town at 11:28 p.m. on May 12, arriving on Via Barcelona to find about 200 “high school-aged persons” on and about the residential property with large quantities of alcohol in plain sight. The kids flee. The underage host was cited for hosting a juvenile party with alcohol and received a warning for violating the town’s ordinance pertaining to loud and unruly parties.

“Dude, What Does C-I-A Stand For?”
Moraga PD is looking into a possible case of inappropriate use of the Internet by a minor reported on May 16 at an address in the 300 block of Rheem Boulevard. The nature of the computer foray was not given. 

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