Crime Alerts & Press Releases
Male and Female Suspects Steals Cash from a Register at Safeway
On 11/17/13, Moraga Police Officers responded to Safeway on a report of a commercial burglary. The investigation revealed that a male and female suspects entered the store, and while the female suspect acted as a look-out, the male suspect pried open a cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money. The case is under investigation.
Erratic Driving Leads to DUI Arrest
On 11/16/13, Moraga Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford pick-up after the vehicle was observed swerving on the roadway on Canyon Road north of Camino Pablo, using both left and right turn signals for no apparent reason, and prior to the vehicle turning onto Camino Pablo, the vehicle’s left rear tire clipped the cement center divide. Upon contact with the 53-year-old Moraga resident the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person as he spoke. The Subject was arrested for DUI after he submitted to FST’s and a PAS test which showed over the limit. The subject was cited then released to a family member.
Traffic Stop on a Swerving Vehicle Results in DUI Arrest
On 11/15/13, MPD officers conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Chrysler 200 after the vehicle was observed travel over the solid double yellow lines on Moraga Way near Moraga Valley Lane. Upon contact with the 61-year-old Moraga resident the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person as he spoke. The subject was subsequently arrested for DUI and transported to MDF.
Domestic Battery Arrest
On 11/15/13, Moraga officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Rheem Blvd. Arriving officers discovered during the argument that one subject battered the other. The injuries were slight. While officers were interviewing the victim, the suspect was located in Lafayette The suspect was interviewed and after arrested for domestic battery. The suspect was book at the Main Detention Facility in Martinez.
Elderly Female Becomes Victim of Phone Scam
On 11/14/13, Moraga officers were dispatched to the report of an elderly female who was the victim of a phone scam and was sending money to an individual in the Dominican Republic, whom she thought was her grandson. The victim had sent several thousand dollars in a one week period. This case is under investigation.
Subject Taking Items Left for Donations Arrested on Drug Chargses
On 11/13/13, Moraga Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Rimer Drive. The anonymous PR reported two unknown subjects in a pickup truck took items scheduled for charity pickup. A vehicle matching the description was stopped in the area and the driver was found to be on felony probation for drug violations. A search of the subject and his vehicle yielded illicit drugs. The subject was arrested and booked into the MDF for drug and probation violations.
Letterman Jacket taken from Parked Vehicle
On 11/12/13, Moraga officers were dispatched to a report of a stolen jacket from a vehicle. The Reporting Party told officers he had left his vehicle unlocked in the parking lot of Taco Bell. While the RP was inside Taco Bell, his Campolindo letterman's jacket (valued at $500), was taken from the backseat of his car. There were no witnesses or investigative leads.
Seller on Craigslist Receives Bogus Payment
On 11/12/13, MPD officers received a report that a resident, who said he sold items on Craigslist and the cashier’s check ($ 1850.00) the buyer sent was fake. The RP wanted the incident documented for insurance purposes.
Speeder on Moraga Way Arrested for DUI
On 11/11/13, Moraga Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on Alta Mesa near Camion Peral, on a grey 2012 Hyundai after it was observed swerving erratically on Moraga Way just east of Camino Ricardo. The officer determined the driver was operating his vehicle with a right front flat tire. Upon contact with the 21-year-old Moraga resident, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the subject as he spoke. The subject was unaware his vehicle’s tire was flat. The subject submitted to FSTs and was subsequently arrested for DUI and transported to the Moraga Police Department where he submitted to a blood test. The subject was later released (to a friend) on his signed Promise to Appear
Shoplifter Arrested in front of HomeGoods
On 11/10/13, Moraga officers responded to Home Goods after receiving a request from loss prevention staff to look for a subject and vehicle who were involved in a recent theft from the San Ramon Home Goods store. Officers contacted the suspect after observing the vehicle enter the parking lot. Officers were able to locate the stolen property in the rear seat of the vehicle. The female uspect was placed under arrest for receiving stolen property.
DUI Arrest after Traffic Stop
On 11/08/13, Moraga officers stopped a driver after observing the driver traveling at 50 MPH on Moraga Road at Buckingham Drive. During the contact with the 46-year-old driver, officers observed a number of objective signs of alcohol intoxication including the odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot watery eyes, and slurred speech. The driver was subsequently arrested for driving under the Influence of an alcoholic beverage (DUI). The driver was transported to the PD, cited then released to a friend.
Laptop Stolen from Student at SMC
On 11/06/13, Moraga officers were dispatched to a report of a stolen laptop from the library at St. Mary's College. There were no witnesses and no investigative leads.
Ipad Stolen from Student at SMC
On 11/05/13, Moraga officers were dispatched to a report of a stolen Ipad at St. Marys College. The victim used her cell phone in attempt to locate the stolen device and was directed to the area of Ascot Drive, but was not able to pinpoint it's location. This case is under investigation.
Theft from Vehicle
On 11/04/13, Moraga Officers were dispatched to JM Elementary School on a report of theft from an unattended vehicle. Taken were a bag containing makeup, a serving tray, and two candles missing. The estimated loss is $315.00.
Reported Grand Theft from Residence
On 11/01/13, Moraga officers were dispatched to a report of theft from a residence on Newberry Place. The Reporting Party advised officers she was missing $200.00 in cash and jewelry totaling $5500.00. The RP stated the theft had occurred in the last month, however she had just noticed the items missing after returning home from vacation. MPD officers are investigating persons who had access to the residence at that time.
Residential Burglary on Corliss Drive
On 11/01/13, Moraga officers responded to a residence on Corliss Drive on a report of a residential burglary. Reported item missing was the homeowner's laptop. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else seemed to be disturbed. The incident is under investigation.
Driver with a Suspended License for Dui, Arrested Again for DUI
On 10/26/13, Moraga Officers conducted a traffic stop on a white 2006 Infiniti after the vehicle was observed speeding on Donald Drive near Carroll Drive. The 33 year-old male driver from Moraga was subsequently arrested for DUI after he submitted to FST's and a PAS test which showed a BAC of .23%. It was also determined the driver's CDL was suspended as the result of a prior DUI conviction. The subject was transported the Martinez Detention Facility in Martinez and his vehicle towed from the scene.
Domestic Disturbance Leads to Arrest for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Violation
On 10/23/13, Moraga Officers were dispatched on a report of a domestic disturbance occurring at a residence on Woodminster Drive. Upon arrival, officers contacted the homeowner and her grandson who told them the grandson's estranged wife was refusing to leave the home. Subsequent investigation revealed the grandson had a current Emergency Protective Order which prohibited his estranged wife from contacting him, or being within 100 yards of him. The estranged wife was taken into custody for the court order violation and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.
Antioch Woman with Fake Money Arrested at Safeway
On 10/23/13, Moraga Police Officers were dispatched to 1355 Moraga Way (Safeway) on a report of a female subject attempting to purchase a gift card with a fake $50.00 bill. Arriving MPD officers made contact with the 27 year-old female, and through an investigation, placed her under arrest for PC 475 (possession and intent to pass a forged bill) and PC 148.9 (false identification to a police officer). The subject was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility in Martinez for booking.
Driver and Passenger Arrested After Traffic Stop
On 10/20/13, MPD officers conducted a traffic stop on a grey Honda Civic after the vehicle was observed speeding. Upon contact with the 23-year-old female driver, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person as she spoke. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. The 22-year-old male passenger, who also appeared heavily intoxicated, was arrested for public intoxication and violation of court probation. The passenger was transported to MDF, while the driver was released to a an acquaintance after being booked at the police station.
Fare Evader Gets Away at SMC
On 10/19/13, MPD officers responded to Saint Mary's College on a report of a fare evader. The Taxi Cab driver stated that he dropped a fare at SMC. The suspect tried using his credit card to pay the fare, but was declined. The driver stated the suspect left to get money and never returned. The tacix driver wanted the incident only documented.
Male Subject Placed on Mental Hold After Fight in 7-Eleven Parking Lot
On 10/19/13, Moraga Police Officers responded to &-Eleven on a report of 3 males fighting in the parking lot. It was determined that a 25-year-old male subject started an unprovoked fight with two store patrons. The investigation also revealed the subject who started the fight may have been experiencing a mental break down and was subsequently placed on a 5150 H&S hold. The subject was transported by the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department to the Contra Costa County for further evaulation.
SMC Student Accuses Another Student of Battery
On 10/18/13, Moraga officers responded to St. Mary's College on a report of a battery that occurred on 10/17/13. Upon contact with the victim, it was determined that she and an associate became engaged in a verbal argument after a mid-term test that resulted in one female hitting the other with an open palm in the back of her head and on her arms. The victim declined medical attention and requested that the incident be documented and forwarded to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office for criminal review.
Auto Burglary at Moraga Commons Park
On 10/17/13, MPD officers were contacted by a citizen in front of the Moraga police department regarding an auto burglary that occurred at the Moraga Commons Parking lot. It was determined the victim's car window was smashed and the victim's wallet and cell phone taken from the vehicle. There were witnesses or suspects at this time.
Male Subject Arrested for Restraining Order Violation
On 10/17/13, Moraga Police responded to a residence on Williams Drive on a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Violation. The PR reported that her son was inside her home in violation of a served Restraining Order. While attempting to detain the suspect pursuant to the court order, he became uncooperative and physically resisted officers. The suspect was subsequently arrested for the restraining order violation, resisting and delaying a police officer, and violation of his terms of his court probation.
Car Running Stop Signs with No Lights Ends with DUI Arrest
On 10/14/13, Moraga officers conducted a traffic stop on green 2010 RAV4 after the vehicle was observed traveling east on Camino Pablo without lights and running two stop signs. The 22-year-old Lafayette resident was determined to be driving while under the influence of alcohol and subsequently arrested for DUI. The driver was cited then released to a friend. A 17 year-old female passenger was also determined to been drinking and was released to a parent.
Three Females from Oakland Arrested After Shoplifting Incident at Safeway
On 10/12/13, Moraga Police Officers were dispatched to 1355 Moraga Way (Safeway) on a report of shoplifting. Dispatch reported two subjects shoplifted a shopping cart full of groceries from Safeway, then fled in a silver Chevrolet Astro van towards Orinda. Orinda PD located the vehicle in front of Bev Mo (6 Camino Pablo, Orinda) and detained three female occupants. Based on witness and suspect statements and evidence found in the van, all three suspects were arrested for commercial burglary (PC 459), felony possession of a controlled substance (11350 H&S), and conspiracy (PC 182), including probation violation (PC 1203.2) for two of the suspects. All three subjects were transported to the Martinez Detention Facility (MDF) for booking.
Good Samaritan Mistaken for Hitting Juvenile with her Car
On 10/11/13, Moraga Police Officers were dispatched to a cold report of a traffic incident between a juvenile on a bicycle and an unknown vehicle. MPD officers made contact with the 12 year-old male student at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate, who told them he had fallen off his bicycle after he was rear-ended by the vehicle, while enroute to school. The unknown female driver stopped and assisted the juvenile, then left after determining the juvenile was okay. It was later determined the juvenile had embellished the incident, and was only injured after falling off his bicycle. The female driver was identified and determined to be a good samaritan checking to see if the juvenile was okay.
Female Arrested for Drunk in Public on Ascot Drive
On 10/06/13, Moraga Police Officers arrested a 20 year-old female for public intoxication on Ascot Drive, after observing the female laying on her back in the south bound # 2 lane of Moraga Road at Ascot Drive. The intoxicated subject declined repeated request to call a sober adult to come care for her. Based on the officer’s observations, the officer felt that the subject was too intoxicated to care for herself.
Residential Burglary on Alta Mesa
On 10/01/13, Moraga Officers responded to a report of a burglary in a residence on Alta Mesa. At the scene, officers found no sign of forced entry. The unknown suspect(s) may have entered through an unlocked door. A laptop and jewelry were removed from the residence. Nothing was seen or heard. There are no suspects or leads.
Suspicious Male Subject at Safeway Arrested for Oustanding Warrant
On 9/29/13, Moraga officers were dispatched to the area west of Safeway for a report of a suspicious subject. Upon contact, officers determined the subject had a non cite-releasable misdemeanor warrant. The subject was subsequently arrested and transported to the Martinez Dentention Facility in Martinez.
Hit-and-Run Incident Leads to Drug Arrest
On 09/27/13, Moraga Police Officers responded to the area of McCaulou's on a report of a suspect vehicle involved in a hit-and-run vehicle collision. Upon arrival, officers contacted the 24 year-old male occupant, who admitted to the collision. During the investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was also in possession of controlled substances and placed under arrest. The driver was transported to the Moraga Police Department, then to the Main Detention Facility in Martinez and booked on charges of 11377 H&S - Possession of a Controlled Substance, and 11357(b) H&S - Possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana.
Walnut Creek Woman Arrested for Residential Burglary
On 09/24/13, Moraga Officers responded to a residence on Buckingham Drive on a report of a burglary in progress. A female subject was seen entering a side yard and removing a bicycle. The subject then opened the garage door and removed additional property. The subject was contacted by officers standing in the driveway holding the victims property. The subject was arrested for 460(a) PC, first degree burglary, and 1203.2 PC, misd. probation violation, and was booked into the Martinez Dentention Facility.
Female Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property
On 09/21/13, MPD officers responded to a report of stolen bicycles and construction lights on Ascot Drive. Approximately 1 hour later, officers observed a female riding a bicycle in the same area where the bicycles were taken. The bicycle she was riding also matched the description of one of the bicycles taken. The 26 year-old subject was subsequently arrested for possession of stolen property, after the victim positively identified the bicycle.
Reckless Driver Arrested for DUI
On 09/15/13, MPD officers contacted a 44-year-old female from Lafayette after a citizen reported that the subject’s driving behavior was erratic in her white 1996 Toyota Land cruiser. While speaking with the subject, officers could smell the heavy odor of alcohol, and the subject was having difficulty maintaining her balance. The subject was subsequently arrested for DUI and transported to the Moraga Police Department where she submitted to a blood test and later released to a friend on her signed Promise to Appear.
Suspicious Male Subject Follows Female Juvenile Home
On 09/14/13, Moraga Police Officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance that occurred yesterday afternoon (09/13/13) on Corliss Drive near Crossbrook Court. The reporting party (RP) told officers her 12 year-old daughter was followed home by an unknown male, after she was dropped off at the school bus stop. The subject stood by the roadway after the juvenile ran inside her residence, then left towards an unknown direction. The incident is currently under investigation.
Domestic Battery Arrest on Ascot Drive
On 09/14/13, Moraga officers responded to a residence on Ascot Drive on a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers determined that Domestic Violence had occurred between a 21-year-old female and a 21-year-old male who had lived together in the past. A female was arrested for felony domestic battery and transported the Main Detention Facility in Martinez for booking.
Car Crashes into Deli Business
On 09/09/13, Moraga officers were dispatched to Bianca's Deli (1480 Moraga Way, Suite A) after a vehicle reportedly crashed into one of it's wall. Upon arrival, MPD officers determined a silver 2010 Honda Civic, driven by an 90 year-old female driver, had jumped the curb and crashed through the westside wall of the business, while she was as attempting to park in a stall. The elderly driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was uninjured, but two deli employees inside the business, sustained minor injuries after being struck by appliances as a result of the collision.
Officers Detain Man with Gun on Ascot Drive
On 09/02/13, Moraga officers responded to an address on Ascot Drive on a
report of a subject with a handgun tucked in his waist band. MPD officers
located the 41-year-old male subject, who was quickly detained and relieved
of his unloaded Smith & Wesson 9mm firearm. The subject was placed on
a 5150 W&I hold, and transported by the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department
to the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center to be examined by a mental
health professional. Officers also confiscated additional firearms belonging
to the subject from his residence.
MPD urges residents to take general crime prevention measures such as locking all doors to your residence and securing side gate entrances. If you have any information regarding any of these crimes above, or if any suspicious persons are seen in your neighborhood, please call MPD dispatch at 925-284-5010.
Lets all work together to keep Moraga a safe place to live and work.