Businesses in Lamorinda have been besieged by a stealthy burglar or burglars in recent days, a few fleeting glimpses of the culprit caught on a surveillance camera here and there, but for the most part he appears nearly invisible and striking at will.
Lamorinda police have undoubtedly traded information on the suspect, who may have struck at a business on Orinda Way as soon as last night, Wednesday, and at Rancho Cantina in Lafayette on Tuesday – costing the business thousands in repairs and stolen items.
It is not known if Tuesday’s “Ram Raid” burglary of the Ace Hardware location in Moraga is related to the current spree in any way – though the thief’s methods in that crime, in which a significant number of tools were stolen, did not match that of the person responsible for the other crimes. It appeared a vehicle was driven through the front of that business in order to make entry.
Merchants have said police told them as many as 19 businesses were burglarized in Lafayette over the weekend alone.
Photos of the suspected thief show a white or possibly Hispanic male carrying a large backpack and possibly riding a bicycle.