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Skeletal Remains Found in Moraga

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From the Moraga PD:

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.


Update on Anti-Muslim Fliers Posted at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School

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.


Male School Administrator Secretly Filmed Naked at Renaissance Club Sport in Walnut Creek

Photo by Flickr user leecullivan

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.”

I remember when a celebrity shared a photo of naked woman from a gym in Los Angeles last year and now this. What is the matter with some people!


“Don’t be Easy Prey” Flyers Plastered on Cars at Target Parking Lot in Walnut Creek

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.


Update: Suspect Arrested for Downtown Walnut Creek Homicide


Glad the cops caught him.

Update from Walnut Creek PD:

The Walnut Creek Police Department identified the responsible for the killing of Courtney Brown as Larry Griffin, 24 years old, living in Bay Point.

Today, at approximately 1730 hours, Central County Regional SWAT Team (comprised of Walnut Creek Police, San Ramon Police, Martinez Police, Pleasant Hill Police and BART Police) conducted a search warrant on Michael Place in Bay Point and arrested Larry Griffin for homicide. Griffin was taken into custody without incident (see attached photo of Griffin). There were no injuries sustained during the operation.

Larry Griffin will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for homicide (PC 187). Walnut Creek Police Detectives will be requesting Griffin be held without bail.

We are hoping more persons will come forward with information regarding the shooting death of Mr. Brown. If you have information about this case please contact Walnut Creek Police Detective Leonard at 925.256.3523 or the Walnut Creek Police Departments Anonymous Tip line at 925.943.5865.


Update on Downtown Walnut Creek Homicide

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Previously we learned about a homicide in downtown Walnut Creek early Saturday morning. The Walnut Creek police have posted an update below.

From the Walnut Creek PD:

Early this morning at 1:28 AM our officers heard sounds of gunfire coming from Locust Street. Our Communications Center also began to receive calls of shots fired on Locust Street at Cypress Street.
Our Officers immediately responded to the location and found Courtney Brown suffering from three gunshot wounds to his back. Officers had him immediately transferred by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Sadly, Mr. Brown leaves behind a daughter and fiancé. Courtney Brown was 38 years old and was a resident of the Bay Area. It appears he was a patron at Crogan’s Sports Bar and Grill prior to the shooting.
At the time of the shooting both Redux Lounge and Crogan’s Sports Bar and Grill were closing and patrons were coming out of the night clubs.
Witnesses reported seeing the shooting and said the responsible was an African American male in his twenties, approximately 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. The responsible was last seen running west on Cypress towards California Boulevard and then South on California Boulevard. Officers and K9’s searched the area but were unable to locate the responsible.
Walnut Creek Police Detectives are following up on multiple leads and this is an extremely active investigation. All information thus far indicates this was not a random event.
We are hoping more persons will come forward with information regarding the shooting death of Mr. Brown. If you have information about this case please contact Walnut Creek Police Detective Leonard at 925.256.3523 or the Walnut Creek Police Departments Anonymous Tip line at 925.943.5865.


Murder in Downtown Walnut Creek Late Last Night

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From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 8/27/16 at 0128 hours, Walnut Creek Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Locust Street and Cypress Street. Officers located one male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. No other persons were injured during this incident.

Witnesses reported a black male suspect was last seen running from the scene of the shooting. At this point this appears to be an isolated incident. Walnut Creek Police Detectives are actively investigating this case.

We are not releasing the name of the victim at this time pending notification of their family. We will be releasing more information as it becomes available.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Leonard at 925-256-3523.


Pickpocketing on the Rise in Downtown Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Hold on to your wallets and purses as picketpocketing is on the rise in downtown Walnut Creek. This comes on the heel of the new Broadway Plaza redevelopment which is bringing more people to the downtown area and according to NBC Bay Area, “police are warning the public to be on the lookout for pick-pockets”.

As a former New Yorker I try to be as careful as possible with my wallet when it comes to crowded areas downtown or elsewhere. I haven’t been pickpocketed yet but be careful while over there.

From the Walnut Creek police:

On 7/20/16 at 1444 hours, an elderly female was a victim of a purse snatch robbery attempt. The victim was walking eastbound on Cypress St near Commercial Lane when Suspects #1 and #2 grabbed her purse and attempted to steal it. The victim held on tightly to her purse and was forced to the ground. The suspects then dragged the victim along the sidewalk causing minor injuries. As several citizens rushed to her aid, the suspects let go of the victim’s purse and fled to a nearby vehicle occupied by Suspects #3 and #4. The suspect vehicle was last seen westbound on Mt. Diablo Blvd.

On 7/22/16 at 1242 hours, a suspect matching the description of Suspect #1 entered the patio area of a restaurant on the 1500 block of Mt. Diablo Blvd and stole two purses which were on the ground near where the victims were seated. The suspect then ran to the above suspect vehicle which was parked across the street. The suspect vehicle then jumped the median on Mt. Diablo Blvd and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes before continuing westbound on Mt. Diablo Blvd at the Locust St. intersection.

WCPD believes these two crimes are related and requests anyone who may have witnessed any part of the above incidents to contact Detective Bill Jeha 925-943-3518.