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Archive for September, 2007

Thieves target bikes, golf clubs

From the Lafayette police log:

Thursday, Sept. 13
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY — Two bicycles valued at some $4,700 were stolen from an open garage in the 3300-block of Betty Lane.

Thursday, Sept. 20
AUTO BURGLARY— Three cars were burglarized on and near Black Hawk Road between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. One car had a window smashed and $1,700 worth of golf clubs taken. A second car had a window smashed and $1,450 in golf clubs taken. A third car had a window smashed and other property taken.

From the Orinda police:

Friday, Sept. 9
VANDALISM — Destruction of property and possible theft of copper cabling was reported at a business in the 100 block of Hillcrest Drive. At 6:19 p.m. a witness notified police he had confronted a man seen pulling out underground cables. The suspect was unable to provide proper credentials for working in the area and drove off in a new model Dodge without license plates. It unclear if any wire was missing, but 40-feet of the copper had been cut.

Saturday, Sept. 22
GRAND THEFT — The resident of a home in the first block of Bates Boulevard reported at 4:36 p.m. that his wife’s diamond ring, valued at $15,000, was missing from the residence.

From the Moraga police:

Thursday, Sept. 20
VANDALISM — Officers were dispatched on a reported vandalism that occurred on Thune Avenue. On arrival the resident told the officer his neighbor across the street was seen vandalizing his Subaru, which was parked in front of the neighbor’s hom

He said two friends witnessed the neighbor “key” his vehicle. He did not want the neighbor arrested.

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
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School warns of test registration scam

Las Lomas High School administrators are warning parents about an apparent scam offering to register students for an upcoming national exam in exchange for their credit card information.
Parents are receiving calls from someone calling himself Alex Brown, who offers help in getting high school juniors set up for the PSAT, said principal Patrick Lickiss. The exam determines students’ eligibility for a National Merit Scholarship and often serves as a tune-up for the SAT, which is widely used by college admissions offices.
Las Lomas is in Walnut Creek and is part of the Acalanes Union High School District, which also oversees the Lamorinda high schools.
Lickiss said exam registration — scheduled from Sept. 26 to Oct. 17 — can be done online or in person through the school. He suspects that the caller might have been able to target juniors, who comprise most of the test-takers, by getting a copy of a school directory meant for internal use.
Lickiss said he has not heard any reports about a parent actually submitting credit card information to the caller, who leaves a telephone number of 800-858-9673.
Lickiss asks any parent who receives such a call to contact the school at 925-280-3920 so administrators can keep track.

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2007
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Who was that older woman?

From the Orinda police log:

Sept. 1
VANDALISM AND MISCHIEF — Two 16-year-old boys and a 58-year-old woman were pulled over in a BMW for a traffic stop at 1:20 p.m. after police received reports of mailboxes being vandalized in the area of Charles Hill. The car occupants admitted hiitting the mailboxes with a baseball bat. They were taken to the police station and the boys were released to their parents. The woman was not identified.

Sept. 6
DOMESTIC ABUSE — A 20-year-old woman reported to police on Sept. 6 abuse by her boyfriend from Sept. 3. She told police her 27-year-old boyfriend had falsely imprisoned and abused her causing bruising and a broken tail bone. Police photographed her injuries which were consistent with her story. When Orinda police tried to contact the boyfriend they could not get his statement because he was in jail already for a similar incident.

BURGLARY — At 5:13 p.m. on Las Vegas Road police were called to the home of a woman who said large amounts of jewelry had been stolen. No other items were taken. She was unsure when the theft had occurred but she told police she suspected her house cleaners, who have a key to her house. Police attempted to get fingerprints but results were negative.

Sept. 10
FRAUD — A man reported he received an invoice for four Dell flat panel monitors he had not ordered. There was a charge on his Mastercard for $917.49 that he did not approve, and the shipping address for the monitor was New York. The man also received a call from a representative of QVC, a home shopping network, asking him to confirm his charge for a computer. The charge was canceled because the man said he never placed the order.
of a previous DUI.

From the Moraga police log:

Sept. 13
VANDALISM — Officers responded to Miramonte High School on a report of vandalism that was occurring. Upon arrival the officer heard the sound of breaking glass at the rear of the school. Upon hearing the police radio, the individuals began fleeing westbound through the football field toward Lavenida Drive. The officer gave chase. A canine unit was dispatched to help with the search. The subjects were taken into custody the next day after detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos from the high school.

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2007
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2 women charged in copper theft

LAFAYETTE — Two women were charged with burglary in the theft of copper pipes from a former Albertson’s store.

The District Attorney’s Office charged Debra Keller, 48, and Jill Bloomquist, 44, with commercial burglary in connection to a break-in last month at the corner of First Street and Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

Police said the two women entered the building, which is the future home of Whole Foods Market, through the roof. They were using power tools to cut pipes from the walls and a makeshift hoist to haul them from the building

__Bruce Gertsman

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2007
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And our next festival is …

The 9th annual Moraga Pear Festival Sept. 29 at Moraga Commons Park. sponsored by the
Park and Recreation Foundation and the Parks and Recreation Department. Look for an inflatable carnival, arts and crafts, live music, littledog2 (11a.m. to 12:45 p.m.) and City Rocks Revue (1:30 to 3:30pm)), coloring contest, recipe contest, food, pear pies and lots of great fun. It all starts at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 4 p.m. The pear recipe and coloring contest winners will be announced at 1 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
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Campolindo High School’s first principal has died

Alexander W. Winchester, who was Campolindo High School’s first principal, died on Sept. 4. He was 86.
Friends and family are invited to the memorial service at 2 p.m., Oct. 13 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.
Winchester attended Poly Tech and San Francisco State University, and received his master’s degree at UC Berkeley.
He taught biology and physiology at Acalanes and was the first principal at Campolindo, hiring the staff and meeting with parents whose children would attend the brand new school.
Winchester also was president of the Association of California School Administrators, region 7.
He loved sports and traveling. He was a member of the Air Corps and ferried the wounded from the Pacific campaign back to the United States.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
– Katherine Tam

Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2007
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Vandals arrested in Miramonte window-breaking spree

Two former Miramonte High School students have been arrested in connection with an early morning vandalism spree Wednesday in which more than dozen classroom windows were broken.
Declan Johnston, 18, of Orinda and a 17-year-old boy from Lamorinda were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism after school staff members recognized Johnston on surveillance video and tipped off police, Orinda Police Chief Bill French said.
A motive for the vandalism is unknown.
“I wish I knew,” French said. “I don’t know if they had a motive, or if it was knucklehead behavior. They did not provide a reason.”
Police received several calls about 2:15 a.m. from residents who reported two teenagers running through the football field toward the school. Minutes later, the witnesses saw the boys running along an outdoor walkway, breaking classroom windows with wooden 2-by-4’s, garbage cans and fire extinguishers, Sgt. Steve Andrews said.
Officers with five police agencies — Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, San Ramon and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office — went to the scene, and some officers chased the suspects, who got away, Andrews said.
The school maintenance staff got an early call to clean up the shattered glass and board up the windows before the start of the school day. Classes were not affected.
The preliminary damage estimate by police is $5,000.
“This is a huge cost to us as taxpayers,” Zamora said.
– Malaika Fraley and Robert Salonga

Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2007
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