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Road rage, mail theft and the big move in Orinda

By asoglin
Thursday, June 28th, 2007 at 10:51 am in Orinda.

I dropped by the new city offices today — the departments are starting to settle into their new digs, and the piles of boxes and general moving chaos has calmed considerably since last week.

A couple of notable items popped up in the Orinda police logs:
There seems to be a rash of mail thefts over the last few weeks, with reports from areas such as La Cuesta, Sleepy Hollow, Normandy Lane, Miner Road and Berry Brook Hollow.

In the La Cuesta incident, a woman found her mail scattered on the ground near her mail box on June 13, but couldn’t tell if anything was missing. The next day, however, someone used her new Chevron card, which hadn’t yet arrived, to spend $95 in Pinole.

Orinda police have a list of tips for avoiding mail theft on their Web site, including:
· Purchase a locked mailbox or convert your unlocked box to a lockable type.
· Promptly report non-receipt of expected credit cards, checks, and other valuable mail to the senders.
· Get together with neighbors and the Postal Service and arrange for the neighborhood delivery. These group mailboxes are known as Neighborhood Delivery and Collection Box Units (NDCBU). With an NDCBU mailbox, each address has an individual locked unit for delivery and collection. (Note: A minimum of seven neighbors are needed to sign a petition requesting a NDCBU.)
· READ IT then SHRED IT!!
· Destroy anything with your name, address or other identifying information on it before discarding, especially credit card and home loan applications. Junk mail to you is a gold mine to a thief. They often use those discarded applications to open fraudulent credit accounts in names of unsuspecting victims.
· The Postal Service pays rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of mail thieves. Report suspect or crime information to Postal Inspectors, 24 hours a day, at 415-778-5800.
Click here to see more tips.
More information about identity theft is available here .

Also, from the “I mean, seriously?” file, comes this report of an Orinda man with a bad case of road rage.

According to the police report, a 19-year-old woman was attempting to save a parking space for someone in front of a Moraga Way restaurant on June 15. The man was apparently set on parking there, told her to move and, when she explained she was saving the spot, he proceeded to park there anyway — hitting her with his vehicle four or five times to move her out of the way.

The man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

— Brooke Bryant

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