Restaurant burglar takes safe, leaves ‘clue’
Rin’s Thai, burglarized the previous week, was hit again the night of Jan. 8. Forced entry was made through a side window, and a safe containing $3,000 removed. The CSI team collected evidence from the scene. The heist is at least the eighth commercial burglary in the downtown area since the holidays. And for the third time in the string, the bandit left behind a peculiar DNA specimen – a toilet full of feces. Meanwhile police are making an effort to interview all local contacts on probation, with particular interest in those with a record of similar crimes.
Hold the mayo, take the purse
A deputy watching surveillance video of a fraudulent debit card transaction suddenly recognized the suspect – it was the woman who makes his deli sandwiches for lunch. The grocery store employee, 38, could not resist temptation when she allegedly found a purse left behind in a shopping cart. When the victim, 30, also of Sonoma, called in to cancel her credit cards, she learned transactions had been made at local gas stations, grocery and drug stores, a clothing retailer, Taco Bell and two visits to Kohl’s in Petaluma. The total value of the spree was not divulged, but each of the nine purchases earned a felony burglary charge. The remorseful woman was arrested, but the boyfriend, who accompanied her on some of the outings, is in no hurry to turn himself in pending further negotiations. He’s telling cops he didn’t know the cards were bogus.
An affair to try to remember
New Years Eve in Sonoma. Some people bring champagne, others appetizers and funny hats. A Santa Rosa man, 67, let’s call him John, brought a hooker. John had left his wife (and medicine) earlier that evening and headed to San Francisco where he met a woman who called herself Coco Innocencio. The twosome ended up at the Swiss Hotel where, he told police, they… talked. The conversation was apparently exhausting; he fell asleep before the relationship moved beyond platonic. Upon awakening he discovered his car was gone. He went to the police department to report it stolen. But to deputies, it sounded like maybe there had been more than just talking going on, and wondered if Coco took the vehicle as payment for services rendered, i.e. being a good listener. John (who skipped out on his hotel bill, by the way) refused to divulge any details of the liaison, but admitted the payment theory “was a possibility.” If there was verbal deal, deputies reasoned, then the car could not be considered stolen. The man left without filing a report. A week later, John returned with his wife. He’s unstable, she said, and this kind of thing has happened before, especially when he goes off his psyche meds. The car was officially reported as lost, not stolen. Memo to Coco: a whole car? Really?
Even pot dealers know it’s all about location. One enterprising high school lad, 16, from Boyes Hot Springs, set up shop near a pedestrian bridge for better access to students of Harrison school. Tipped to the scheme on Jan. 13, school authorities contacted the boy for a search. Nothing in the pockets, but then, when he shook his leg, two marijuana buds tumbled out of his sweat pants. More weed, in a cellophane wrapper, was found inside the waistband. Without proof he was dealing, authorities settled for a possession charge.
Thrown for a loop
Deadly weapons, namely a pair of scissors and a binder, were brandished by battling high school girls on Jan. 11. No injuries, but mandatory visits to juvenile hall for the 17-year-old, and big-girl jail for the 18-year-old.