Yesterday in Montclair, some local burglars took computers and jewelry. Ho-hum, nothing new. Yet these criminals also tried to shoot a key witness during their getaway, and fortunately failed. Oakland police were on the scene quickly as well.
One Montclarion spoke to neighbors and police yesterday, and shared a more complete picture this morning. We thought it was worth passing along her Montclair Safety report, right here.
From my neighbor who came upon the police:
Three African American males, driving a Black Chevy Blazer, did a quick burglary of the house taking jewelry, iPOD, iPAD. They were reported to OPD by a contractor who saw them running out of the house. The contractor threw a rock at the Chevy Blazer so it now has a broken windshield. The burglars tried to shoot the contractor from their car, luckily they missed. Three OPD cars showed up at the house very soon after they were called.
From a policeman:
I spoke with one of the OPD officers as I happened to drive by there around 11 am. He was wonderful and very informative and helpful. Apparently this Blazer has been casing this area and they break into houses between 8am-5am. [sic]
From the neighbors who were robbed:
They were not there at the time. One occupant left the house before 10 and the contractors saw the burglary in progress shortly after and threw the rock. Then they were shot at. OPD identified the shot was fired at 10:17 and hit the contractors vehicle. (I wonder if the bullet was found?)
This was not at at Thornhill near Moraga as mentioned in the article (this was 2 doors from me). Folks suspect the Chevy Blazer was nearby and saw the occupant leave. I heard this car was linked to other robberies (and it has a cracked windshield now!). Not sure if there is a plate or not.