A prolific crew of house burglars using a black Mercedes to ferry themselves to their jobs and the rear sliding doors of their victims to make entry returned to the 24/680 for the second straight night Saturday, striking at last three times in Orinda and Moraga before fleeing for the Caldecott Tunnel with police in pursuit.
Close readers might recognize the crew’s methods from a previous night’s work in Walnut Creek and Alamo, burglarizing at least four homes before they were surprised by a resident in Alamo and chased from the home.
On Saturday, apparently, they staged a comeback – to Lamorinda.
Like Friday’s foray the crew (three suspected members) struck hard and fast, hitting at least two homes in Orinda and one in Moraga before the Mercedes was spotted maneuvering through Lafayette after a Corte le Rado resident reported a break-in at their home in Moraga.
A short-lived chase ensued with the Mercedes running for the Caldecott at speeds in excess of 95mph, police air and ground units in pursuit. The vehicle was trailed as far as Albany but is believed to have eluded police.
Additional break-ins were subsequently reported on Overhill Road and Southwood Drive in Orinda.
After Friday’s exploits in Walnut Creek, police there said the thieves appeared to be targeting darkened residences during evening hours when the occupants stood a good chance of being out for dinner.