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Partying Teens Trash Moraga Home While Family Is On Vacation

Police say arrests are probable in the New Year's Eve incident on Larch Avenue

Moraga police
Moraga police
A Moraga family says teenagers broke into their home and then trashed it while having a New Year's Eve party while the family was away on vacation.

Matthew Cronin said the partying teens left beer bottles all over their Larch Avenue house, stained the furniture, broke glass and took jewelry, cash, an iPod and other items.

He said some of the teens even took one of the family cars on a joyride and then abandoned the vehicle with a dead battery.

“My family and I feel very violated," said Cronin. "While I understand that high school students of any generation want to celebrate New Year’s Eve, what I cannot understand is why they would think it’s acceptable to break into someone’s house, trash it and steal things. That is never OK or acceptable for someone of any age."

Moraga Police Sgt. Brian South wouldn't release a lot of details about the case because it is still under investigation.

He did confirm police were called to the Larch Avenue home at 6:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve for a report of a large party.

He said arrests in the case are "a real possibility."

Cronin said the teens apparently partied outside the home the day before, then broke into the house the next day.

Cronin said his son, who attends Campolindo High School, started getting texts from friends who thought he was still at home asking about the party.

The son alerted his parents, who then contacted police.

Cronin said some of the party-goers put photos of the festivities on Facebook.

He said the family slept at a hotel after their return because the house was too dirty to sleep in. They hired a cleaning service to come in.

Cronin said Moraga police have interviewed a number of suspects and he's confident there will be some arrests.

He said he plans to ask the parents of those arrested to pay for the damages.

"We are a pretty easy going family in general and have had a lot of teenagers in our home over the eight years that we have lived in Moraga," said Cronin. "Most of them are great kids, but those who thought it was OK to use our home as their private playground clearly need to learn a lesson in decorum and responsibility. We are still pretty shaken up about it."

Kin Robles January 07, 2014 at 10:32 AM
If my children were ever the culprits behind something like this they would find themselves wishing for time on a chain gang rather than face the sentence from Judge Dad. I was no saint as a teen, but intentional destruction of someone's home demands a life lesson be imposed.
Crowley January 07, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Wow! I hope the homeowners stand their ground and press for maximum charges against these kids. Breaking and entering, theft, vandalism...those are serious crimes. Absolutely inexcusable.
joan Edelsohn January 07, 2014 at 01:45 PM
We had the exterior of our home badly vandalized when our daughter was in middle school, by 10 of her classmates. Only 1 mother came forth and had her son personally apologize and pay for damage. One mother called me to say her daughter was not involved. Little did she know I had the police report in hand ... where she witnessed her daughter's admission and participation. No other parents ever came forward and admitted their children's participation, despite every kid's admission to the police. Sad state of affairs. This sounds significantly worse. Inexcusable. High school "children" old enough to know better. Time for repercussions.
Ann Smith January 07, 2014 at 03:03 PM
I'm sure the kids thought it was hysterically funny....but if someone had trashed their personal space, their rooms, their cars, their own hard-earned personal possessions? Somehow I think that they would be very,very upset---so listen up "kids": STOP behaving like stoopid idiots. Grow up ---- obviously your still immature and need a swift kick in the pants....
Valerie Sloven January 07, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Wow, what disgusting, outrageous behavior.
karen January 08, 2014 at 11:10 AM
This is not good...In a town that kicks out an honor student from the Boy Scouts(T212) for the mention that he is gay, to the destruction of a home and dishonesty of those involved...The senior football players need to step up and the parents that know. I never understand why people in this town want to hide everything...Being honest about who you are, what you have done, can all help others. I am still waiting for an apology from MVPC and T212 for how my son was treated. I guess the Cronin's will be waiting, too. Parents should teach good virtues to their children...
Kin Robles January 08, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Karen makes a good point regarding seniors and their role in leadership. And it's not just alpha male football players who need to set the tone and model responsibility.
Mike Smith January 09, 2014 at 03:17 PM
That's really pathetic & sad story the kids need to be arrested charged to the maximum penalty. . Nice cops "arrests are a possibility" wat do pay ur taxes for? The cops to be nancy boy pussies or something?
joel January 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM
There won't be any arrest ! Because the kids suffer from Affluenza ! However you can take each and every responsible party to court , they will have to fork the dough since they are legally responsible from what their kids did .
Stuart Steinberg January 25, 2014 at 05:51 PM
I was just wondering to myself if the Moraga PD ever caught the culprits in the Union Bank holdup from a couple of years ago.
Stuart Steinberg January 25, 2014 at 05:52 PM
And what about the rash of daylight residential break-ins in the Crossbrook/Corliss area ?
David Mills (Editor) January 25, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Hi, Stuart: Moraga police tells me they are still investigating the case

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