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Moraga Police Stick Up For Free Speech

The following information was taken from the Moraga police log and rewritten by Lamorinda Patch.

Jan. 21
Can't get there from here. A resident called to ask on behalf of a moving van company about bringing a large truck into town. It seems they had heard something about Moraga being remote. "Officers were later dispatched to contact the moving company, but there was no answer and there was no option to leave a voicemail," officers reported.

Jan. 23
First Amendment. At 2:29 p.m., a caller told police that three people were passing out "offensive" fliers in front of the post office at Rheem Shopping Center. From the Moraga PD report: "Officers arrived on scene, and contacted the subjects who were members of the LaRouche movement engaged in their Constitutional-protected right of Freedom of Speech. No law violations were observed."
 
Collision? What collision? At 6:14 p.m., officers responded to Moraga Road near Campolindo Drive to investigate a report of traffic flummoxed by a collision. "It was later determined that the traffic collision was near the intersection of Moraga Road and Rimrock in the city of Lafayette, and that traffic in Moraga was not affected," the Moraga officer reported. "Lafayette officers were able to clear the incident and relieve congestion."

Light sensitive. At 6:47 p.m., a woman on Haven Court reported a suspicious light on in the garage of neighbors who were out of town. She said she had permission to access the garage and opened the door with an opener. Officers checked the premises and found nothing suspicious. The woman "stated that she might have mistaken an outdoor light with a motion sensor for a light from inside the garage, which could have been activated by an animal," an officer reported.

Jan. 24
Change your password. A woman on Teodora Court reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be a representative of Microsoft saying she had a virus on her personal computer. She gave the caller access to her computer and then grew suspicious when the caller asked for a credit card payment and then a payment through Western Union. The woman subsequently changed her password and verified that Microsoft had not contacted her.

More fire details. A fire that started in a first floor laundry room caused water damage to 10 units. The damage was estimated at $50,000 at Aegis Senior Living, Country Club Drive, police reported. The cause is under investigation.

Jan 26
Dry thief. A thief broke into a woman's locked Kia SUV in her carport on Ascot Drive and took a tube of Chap Stick. It was valued at six bucks.

Jan. 27
Fore! A neighbor complained about a group of miscreant golfers practicing drives onto school property on Camino Pablo. Officers arrived but could locate no golfers.

Meth find. At 3:21 p.m., a suspicious man in a gray striped hoodie dropped a McDonald's paper bag in front of an apartment door on the 600 block of Moraga Road. An officer found a plastic bag inside the McDonald's bag that contained what tests later determined to be 1.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Police are investigating.

Informed Citizen January 31, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Certainly ratifies what is widely believed, that Moraga police are pretty much bored with false alarms and petty crimes (theft of lip balm from a car?), and get their jollies -- and the City it's revenue stream -- from writing traffic tickets. Would be very interested to see how many citations were issued against their taxpayers/employers during these same days!
Andrew L. January 31, 2013 at 05:47 PM
The price of chapstick has really gone up.
Tony Rodriguez February 01, 2013 at 01:12 AM
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

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