As reported by this site as incidents unfolded Saturday morning, Walnut Creek police and sheriff’s deputies investigating reports of burglaries and car thefts at Rossmoor ultimately arrested a 34-year-old in connection with those and other alleged crimes.
Michael Kemper, whose hometown was not given, was booked on burglary, vehicle theft, violation of his felony probation, and for being under the influence of a controlled
substance, according to police.
Walnut Creek police officers were investigating a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts at the gated community in which a man reportedly entered homes and made off with car keys, stealing at last two cars from residents – one of which was later recovered on Rossmoor property.
Officers with neighboring jurisdictions were also made aware of the thefts, police said, and it was a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy who spotted a stolen car Kemper was driving, pursuing the vehicle through southern Walnut Creek before Kemper crashed the car outside a home on Livorna Road.
Police said Kemper ran into a nearby residence and attempted to commandeer a car parked in the garage before a sheriff’s sergeant and a Walnut Creek police officer detained him without further incident.