Moraga police, spearheaded by the investigative work of Det. Kevin Mooney, joined other jurisdictions in tracking and arresting a serial robbery suspect after a July 30 purse snatching in Moraga – an investigation that eventually led to the arrest of a 17-year-old San Leandro teen, police said Monday.
Lt. Brian South said Mooney identified the youth responsible for the crime using store surveillance imagery and contacts with neighboring jurisdictions who had experienced similar thefts.
The youthful suspect allegedly charged several purchases to his victim’s credit cards after the Moraga theft as well as others around the East Bay, South said.
South said Mooney’s work paid off when the juvenile, unnamed due to his age, was arrested August 12. Numerous felony charges have been filed against the teen in connection with his alleged crime in Moraga and elsewhere, according to South.
The strong-arm robbery, unusual for Moraga, attracted attention after the suspect approached a local woman in the Moraga Shopping Center at around 4:30 p.m., taking her purse from her and fleeing to a waiting car near the Moraga Safeway – a good Samaritan giving chase, South said.
Police said the suspect immediately used the woman’s credit cards to make purchases at several local stores.