On 7/17/2017, at 8:50 AM, two males brandishing handguns, entered a home on the 2800 block of Oak Grove Road. The suspects confronted the residents (a husband and wife and their child) and stole a yet to be determined amount of cash and personal property. The suspects fled on foot southbound toward Cedro Lane. A tan or gold mini-van (possibly a Ho nda Odyssey) was seen fleeing the area at the time but has not yet been positively identified as being associated to the suspects. No one was injured.
WCPD Officers arrived on scene within minutes of the crime being reported but the suspects were not located. A Pleasant Hill Police Department K-9 unit assisted in conducting a track with negative results.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspects in this crime or who can provide additional information is asked to contact Detective Bill Jeha at 925-256-3518 or Sergeant David Rangel at 925-256-3573.
On May 26, 2017, at approximately 1:03 a.m., Moraga Police received a report of a sexual battery that had occurred on Camino Ricardo in Moraga. When officers responded, they discovered that a female victim had taken an Uber ride to Moraga from Oakland. When the Uber vehicle reached Moraga, the Uber driver stopped before reaching the destination, got into the backseat of the vehicle with the victim and sexually battered her.
Officers investigated the incident and through information obtained through a number of sources, including the victim and the Town’s traffic cameras, were able to identify the suspect as Leonid Beker, 42, of San Francisco. Beker was later located and arrested in San Francisco, with the assistance of the San Francisco Police Department Special Victims Unit. Beker was interviewed about the incident and later booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez for felony sexual battery. Beker later posted bail and was released.
The investigation into this incident is continuing. Anyone who may have information about this incident or any related incidents is asked to contact Detective Kevin Mooney at 925-888-7056.
LOCATION: 1900 block of 1st Avenue, Walnut Creek
CRIME DESCRIPTION / CODE: PC 187, Homicide
VICTIM: Roselyn Policarpio, 47 year old female, with last known addresses in Martinez and Stockton.
SUSPECT: Gregory Prokopowicz, 38 years old, with last known addresses in Martinez and Walnut Creek. In-custody for PC 187: Homicide. Continue Reading
NBC Bay Area reported that a man was kidnapped and forced to withdraw money at the Chase Bank on Mt. Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. When the victim entered the bank he notified bank staff and eventually the suspect was arrested at gunpoint.
On March 17, 2017, the Moraga Police Department, assisted by members of the Lafayette Police Department, recovered what appeared to be skeletal human remains in a secluded area near the Moraga/Lafayette border (between Rheem Blvd and S. Lucille Lane). The remains appeared to have been in the area for some time.
A hiker reported to Moraga Police that he had been hiking in the area, which is only accessible on foot or by 4-wheel drive vehicle, when he discovered the bones near a seasonal creek. The hiker led officers back to the area and assisted them in locating the remains.
Crime scene technicians, along with search and rescue personnel with dogs and metal detectors, recovered the remains and thoroughly searched the area. The remains will be transferred to the Contra Costa County Coroners Bureau for further investigation and determination of cause of death. Although the exact cause of death and the identity of the deceased person are unknown, there are no apparent signs of foul play at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact Lieutenant Brian South at 925-888-7052 or via Dispatch at 925-284-5010.
On Monday we learned that anti-Muslim fliers were posted around the Joaquin Moraga middle school campus in Moraga but it wasn’t clear who posted it nor what the contents were. Thanks to a Facebook reader for pointing out this East Bay Times article which reports that they were posted by a current student and ‘depicted a still from the animated sitcom “Family Guy” that shows the cartoon character Porky Pig emerging from a drum emblazoned with the words “Muslim Looney Tunes,”’ Click here to see the still from the Family Guy Wiki.
Last Wednesday “inflammatory fliers about Muslims” were posted around the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate school in Moraga. According to the principal, “administrators and counselors visited all classrooms to address this issue.” It’s unclear whether they were posted by (former) students or adults.
Unbelievable. According to this NBC Bay Area article, a Clayton Valley Charter High School student was arrested after images of a naked school administrator were shared. “He is accused of filming Linzey inside the locker room of the nearby Renaissance Club Sport in Walnut Creek. Investigators say he then posted the video online.”
When I got out of my car at the Target parking lot in Walnut Creek and saw flyers on the windshield of cars I thought surely this must be scofflaws advertising a nail salon or some service but interestingly, it was the Walnut Creek police themselves who posted “Don’t be Easy Prey” flyers warning not to leave handbags in cars that are visible to protect against break-ins. This is sound advice, I always make sure to put bags in the trunk out of view when leaving my car.
According to NBC News, a woman was shot twice and husband pistol-whipped during a an armed robbery on Claremont Ave. in Orinda by masked intruders “and were seen running away with a wallet and a purse.” The woman is in stable condition.