Police believed to be on the trail of suspected package thieves fell in behind a car on Moraga Way Friday, the driver of that car speeding off, nicking cars on Moraga Way and balancing an apparently freshly stolen push stroller on its roof as stunned motorists looked on.
Lamorinda police swarmed into downtown Moraga and into Canyon after the two occupants of the car, believed to be women who had been picking off packages on Camino Ricardo in Moraga, drove to Pinehurst and Manzanita in Canyon before abandoning their car. A search (10:39 a.m.) failed to turn up the suspects.
Police had been looking for a gray, older model Audi or Mercedes with no plates. The jogging stroller apparently fell off the Mercedes during the chase and was later recovered by police.
Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel furnished this version of the morning’s events:
While on patrol, an Orinda Officer observed a vehicle that matched the description of a package theft suspect vehicle on Moraga Way. The suspect saw the Orinda patrol vehicle and fled on Moraga Way towards Moraga. The officer terminated the short pursuit due to the reckless suspect driving. The suspect vehicle clipped the side view window of two civilian cars while fleeing. There were no injuries. The suspect vehicle was later found abandoned on Pinehurst Road at the border of Oakland. Stolen property was recovered from the vehicle.
So, that’s it. A nice, quiet morning in Lamorinda. Never, ever schedule an appointment to have lunch with friends.