High-Profile Police Action Nets Suspected Burglars In Orinda

A carload of suspected burglars was stopped by Orinda police Tuesday -- and it turns out they had been busy.


Orindans stopped, stared and unlimbered their cell phones after local police moved in on a carload of suspected burglars in the BevMo parking lot Tuesday.

Orinda Police Chief Jeffrey Jennings said that things started off about 11:05 a.m. when a Muth Drive resident called police to report that she saw a white car stop in her neighborhood, an occupant get out and begin knocking on doors while three other individuals remained in the car.

The caller provided a general description of the car and occupants, Jennings said, and it was later determined that all four individuals eventually exited the car and went to the rear of a Muth Drive Home.

An Orinda police sergeant spotted the car, a white Mitsubishi Mirage, on Moraga Way and Orchard Road and followed it to the BevMo parking lot where officers converged and a felony stop was executed at 11:20 a.m. -- officers approaching the suspect car with guns drawn.

The four occupants of the car, all juveniles, were detained for questioning. Police later received a call from a resident reporting that a suspected burglary had taken place on Martha Road. A witness was driven to BevMo by police and the four in-custody juveniles were positively identified as the suspects in the burglary, Jennings said.

The four, whose names were not released due to their age, were arrested for residential burglary and conspiracy, according to the chief. Police allegedly recovered numerous stolen items from the Mitsubishi, including cash, jewelry, cameras, musical instruments and weapons. The four were booked into Juvenile Hall.

According to Jennings, the four have been connected to at least one burglary in Orinda and Lafayette police are investigating to see if they are linked to recent residential burglaries in their jurisdiction.

"Kudos to the Orinda resident who quickly called police when she saw suspicious activity," Jennings said. "This case would not have reached a successful conclusion without her. We encourage residents to call police if they see any suspicious people, vehicles or activity."

Steve August 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Now that's funny!
J.D. O'Connor August 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Correct, EoH... and as it happened we were also able to develop a suspect's name in that case -- which was supplied to police at the time.
Susan August 13, 2012 at 02:23 AM
My family and I happened to be at the stoplight (across from Wells Fargo) in the left lane. When the light turned green, a white car sped around us (on our left) & cut back in. There happened to be a police car right at the corner of Moraga Way, which quickly directed them into the Bev Mo parking lot. At first, I thought "finally, there is a cop around to catch a reckless, crazy driver!" We were certainly taken aback when we saw the police draw their guns & realized these guys were ready to side swipe our car in order to get away. Just happy it turned out to be a peaceful arrest.
Thomas August 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
J.D., I for one would like to thank you for all your efforts. The patch is the FIRST place my wife and I turn for news on burglaries since they have happened to at least 4 of our neighbors in the past few years. Keep up the good work!
J.D. O'Connor August 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Thomas -- we are most grateful for your kind words and for your loyalty to us. Thanks very much for writing. Sorry about the neighbors, though. Wish it didn't happen at all.


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