Saturday Crime Spree Leads to Arrest of 4 Teens

Broke into cars to steal wallets and car keys, then went shopping with stolen credit cards, according to police

Four teens were arrested Sunday after going on a crime spree throughout the city that included breaking into parked cars, taking personal items including wallets, then going shopping with stolen credit cards.

Police got wind of the young thieves after receiving a report Sunday morning of a stolen car from the 1900 block of Falcon Ridge Drive. (The driver had left the keys in the glove compartment.) As officers were investigating the theft, dispatch received a call from a resident saying that young men were fleeing from a car that had jumped a curb.

Officers responded to Sunrise Parkway near Nikki Drive and set up a perimeter to apprehend the suspects. Two boys were caught right away, but one escaped and began jumping backyard fences. The teen ran into a home and told the resident that he was being chased by gang members and needed a ride. The resident’s brother agreed to take the boy out of the area, dropping him off in Penngrove. The teen then called his mom who picked him up, then drove him to the police station to be processed. 

Police eventually determined that the boys, ages 16 and 17, were involved in numerous auto burglaries on Saturday night in the Turtle Creek, Kings Mill, Adobe Creek neighborhoods as well as areas along Garfield Drive in Petaluma.

The teens then drove to numerous businesses located between Petaluma and Windsor and used stolen credit cards to engage in a rapid buying spree. Officers learned that the teens threw some of the stolen loot out of the Toyota while driving along streets and the US 101 corridor that included a purse, various forms of identification and other personal items such as several navigation devices that were stolen from the vehicles.

The teens, three of whom are from Petaluma, and one from Roseville, have been charged with auto theft, conspiracy, burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card, possession of stolen property and obstructing an officer.

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Sandi Melia November 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
What in the heck is wrong with people these days? I really don't 'get it'. The things kids & people in general do is really very disturbing to me.
chanda hartt November 05, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I love that mom drove him to the police
Concerned Citizen November 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Obviously what the kids did was wrong, and they should be punished. But seriously....people in this day and age still leave their Wallet's in their car? They still leave their Key's in the car? I mean...the victim's who can afford to live in the Turtle Creek, Kings Mill, Adobe Creek neighborhoods should have way better sense. I bet the victims also leave the Garage Door openers in their cars too.....so they are darn lucky their homes weren't robbed or worse.
Darris November 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Awesome mom, taking care of business . . .
Darris November 05, 2012 at 06:42 PM
For their sake, I hope these kids get huge consequences for their crimes. Kids need to learn early (well before adolescence) and consistently that if you screw up, you pay the piper. So many parents (me included) think they're doing their kids a favor giving them "another chance" when they make a mistake. It's fine to allow them to regroup but not without taking FULL responsibility for their actions which includes appropriate consequences. If we as parents hit it early and hard we wouldn't end up with major issues like this crime spree. Additionally, ya better know who your kid is hanging out with and get to know their parents. We need to take back parenting and stop letting our kids run our households and ruin their lives.
TRUST NOT BIG BANKS November 05, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Great job by the Petaluma police! And thanks to the citizens reporting these kids!
I F November 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
This is the beginning of the end for these boys unless they get some serious counseling! Saw it happen to a nephew of mine...so sad. In and out of jail. Starting off with the same juvi type of crime. Moms and Dads...please get them some counseling!
Yosha Ellis November 05, 2012 at 11:42 PM
This so often happens because male teens are in a pressure to show how "bad ass" they can be. Sometimes even jail or prison stories are swapped to impress. Unfortunate that we are cutting the means to alternate expressions (arts) from the schools already?! ):
mtlhd November 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
@ Concerned Citizen... Petaluma is such a trusting town... I've lived here my whole life. I grew up here and people treat this town as a quite little town. I never lock my doors or shut the Windows. I leave stuff in my car all the time. I do live on the west side tho so it is a little more relaxed than the east side. Petaluma is a great town and living with no fear is great. These were just kids. They were probly drunk and lookin for somethin to do. We are lucky to live in a town like this, it is a rarity these days.
Yosha Ellis November 06, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I blame the parents.
Yosha Ellis November 06, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I blame the schools.
Yosha Ellis November 06, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I blame the "adult" community.
Yosha Ellis November 06, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I blame the governor of California.
mikeg55 November 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Well don't complain then when you get robbed.
Concerned Citizen November 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
More "relaxed"? Didn't the murder of a local teacher occur on the "West Side" last year? .....as well as one of the most infamous kidnapping/murder crimes of a young child? I think you confuse being "relaxed" with being totally naive with your head in the sand. You are asking for trouble leaving your doors open, and your possessions in your car. And you know what they say; "Locks keep the honest people honest".
Darris November 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
It doesn't have to be "the beginning of the end" if their consequences are painful enough that the next time they're bored they decide to look elsewhere for entertainment. Petaluma is seen as a "family community" but where are activities and places for our teens?? Petaluma lost a jewel in 'Ramp Rats' where the kids could ride out their energy and angst. From my research, kids under 18 aren't allowed to join the gym. So you've got the Y and there is very little happening that would interest teens. Where is a safe, fun place for them to gather and socialize? It's the same question I've had since I was a teen 40 years ago. I see a lot of $$ and effort going into a new shopping center while the skate park sits unimproved. One doesn't have to look far to see where the community's interests lie.
Lori Jensen Gabriel November 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I blame George Bush! Lol


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