Two apparently separate incidents kept Lamorinda police busy and affected residents on edge Tuesday, with burglars intent on plying their trade and residents intent on stopping them.
The first incident kicked off shortly after 1 p.m. when a suspected car burglar sped away from officers and out Moraga Way, hitting at least one car in the process and causing further havoc when the driver began to drive the wrong way at speeds estimated at 60 mph.
Police pursued a grey Audi along Moraga Way until the driver made it to Highway 24 and disappeared into the Caldecott Tunnel. The occupants of a car struck by the suspect vehicle during the chase were unhurt.
Hours later, a resident on Windsor Court in Lafayette reported a man she didn’t recognize wearing a black hoodie, medical gloves, and a face mask in her side yard. The man bolted, getting away in a Kia SUV again on Highway 24.
A nearby home was eventually determined to have been entered and ransacked with jewelry taken.