Moraga PD: Mountain Lions On the 14th Hole?

Also, reports of a persistent solicitor who rambled on, as reported in the Moraga police blotter from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.

Jan. 31
Tax fraud? A Rheem Boulevard resident reported to Moraga PD that a W-2 form was torn with only half left in her mailbox. She reported it to police for fear of identity theft.

Feb. 1
Solicitations. Police investigated a solicitor who made a Draeger Drive resident uncomfortable. The solicitor for magazine subscriptions was advised of the procedure for obtaining a letter permit from Moraga PD. A police check revealed a warrant from Cobb County, Georgia, but the warrant was non-extraditable. The solicitor was released. A couple hours later, there was a complaint about a solicitor on El Paraiso Court but, by the time officers got there, he was gone.

Neighborhood cinema. Two women argued. One complained about the other video-recording children playing on Ascot Drive. There were no arrests.

Suspicious male disappears. In the evening, in three different neighborhoods (Larch Avenue, Moraga Road and Natalie Drive), there were complaints about a suspicious-acting black male. In one neighborhood, he was seen with a clipboard. In another, he was reported to have a Southern accent, knocking on a resident's door and "rambling about a youth group." In each of the three complaints, officers arrived and the man had rambled on.

Don't run. Eight teenagers were partying in front of the Home Goods store at the Rheem Shopping Center. One teen tried to run away from police. He was transported to the hospital for excessive alcohol consumption. Officers released the other teens to their parents.

Feb. 2
Two teens, one Acura, much trouble. At 4:37 p.m., two 17-year-old males in an Acura ran a stop sign at Camino Ricardo and Corliss. The officer pulled the Acura over and smelled "non-burnt marijuana," then found an opened bottle of vodka in a backpack in the car. Allegedly. There were citations for failure to stop at a stop sign and violation of provisional license. The driver was entered into the Juvenile Diversion Program because of the alcohol.

Feb. 3
Battery. A suspect was arrested for willful harm to a child for striking a 16-year-old boy on Woodminster Drive.

That'll make you miss your putt. At 1:04 p.m., there was a report of a pair of mountain lions stalking the veldt of the 14th hole of the Moraga Country Club. An officer checked the area without seeing any lions.

Amanda February 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Mountain lions don't usually hang out in pairs, unless they were two cubs.
Tammy February 12, 2013 at 02:13 AM
If we are going to name one ethnicity (suspicious-acting black male), name them all: What is the ethnicity of the teens hanging out in front of Home Goods? Teens driving in the Acura? Women arguing near Ascot? Person who struck the 16 year old? What different does it make when whoever it is may cause harm!!!!
lovelafayette February 12, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Tammy is correct, Patch blew it. If the information was given to assist with identification and apprehension then more identifying info is needed (clothes, car, hairstyle, etc). The way the reporter presented is akin to racial profiling, with the implication to call the police if you see ANY black males in your neighborhood. Don't agree with suggestion to always state race/ethnicity. The other cases do not need any more identifying info as no one is looking for them.
Dive Turn Work February 12, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Maybe they were conspiring to eat some of the solicitors.


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