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Moraga Police Investigate Series of Burglaries

Update: At least eight cars and homes broken into in one week; Moraga Police Chief Robert Priebe advises vigilance.

Updated, Monday, Nov. 19, comments from Moraga police chief.

Last week's Daily Press Log from the Moraga police told a tale of auto and residential burglaries, with at least eight investigated between Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.

"My message to everyone at all times of the year — but especially during the holiday season — is to always keep all doors and windows locked," wrote Moraga Police Chief Robert Priebe in an email. "Use alarm systems if you have them; and NEVER leave anything visible in your vehicles. Most of our thefts are preventable, but it takes constant vigilance and awareness that 'It’s not always the other guy that gets ripped off.' It can happen to anyone."

Several involved cars left unlocked overnight, including one that no longer contains a plasma television.

A listing of burglaries:

  • 5:57 a.m. Nov. 7, someone broke the passenger side window of a Hyundai Tucson between 1 and 5 a.m. and stole two pairs of sunglasses and flashlights, valued at $600, in the 100 block of Alta Mesa Court.
  • 8:25 a.m. Nov. 7, officers reported to a burglarized home and took an inventory of stolen items in the first block of Woodford Drive; they did an area check and neighborhood canvas looking for leads.
  • 12:12 p.m. Nov. 7, a credit-card processing machine was stolen from an unlocked car in the 300 block of Glen Alpine.
  • Nov. 8, several silver items valued at approximately $1,500 were reported stolen between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 5 on the 2100 block of Ascot Drive.
  • 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8, a resident of the 2100 block of Donald Drive came out to her car, which she had neglected to lock, to discover the interior disheveled and her purse missing. Officers instructed her to cancel bank cards and check for fraudulent uses.
  • 9:00 p.m. Nov. 8, a plasma television was stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight on the 2100 block of Donald Drive.
  • 7:15 p.m. Nov. 9, a resident in the 900 block of Bollinger Canyon Road reported her locked mailbox had been pried open, but nothing apparently taken. Officers gave suggestions on alternate ways to get mail.
  • 4:00 p.m. Nov. 12, unspecified items estimated at $450 stolen from unlocked vehicle sometime in the afternoon.
  • 10:00 a.m. Nov. 13, unknown suspects stole a Honda Accord parked on the curb in the 2000 block of Ascot Drive. "Officers searched the area for witnesses or leads, but nothing was discovered," the police report stated.

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