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Home, Business Burglaries Continue

Have more than doubled since 2011

 

Police are continuing to investigate the rise in home and business break-ins and say they have no idea about what’s driving the trend.

On Monday, a construction site in the 1200 block of Petaluma Boulevard became the latest victim when someone stole $1,000 worth of copper wire. Over the weekend, the front window of Stereo World, 159 Petaluma Blvd. North was smashed, and a keyboard stolen.

Also over the weekend, someone broke the window of Sonoma Cutlery, 130 Kentucky St., and stole a knife.

Since August 1, there have been a total of 47 burglaries compared to 17 for the same period last year. These include residential and commercial burglaries, which have been evenly split.

See our map on the right for the precise locations of the break-ins

Many of the commercial burglaries have been concentrated on the Westside near the East Washington and Petaluma Blvd corridors. There, seven businesses have had their front windows smashed and cash registers taken, while another four had their windows smashed and property stolen.

Almost all the burglaries occurred at night.

Police say they don't know if just one person is targeting businesses or whether they are the work of numerous suspects. 

However, they want to remind businesses to not leave cash on premises overnight, and residents to lock cars and not leave valuables inside.

Frankie2011 December 01, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I don't seem to understand that the Petaluma Police Department can't figure out why we are having these "trends". Have you watched the news or been food shopping, or filled your gas tank lately? THIS ECONOMY IS HORRIBLE! Many people in this community and elsewhere are hurting for money to pay their bills, feed themselves and/or their families and keep a roof over their head. And yes, the Petaluma Police Department is hard at work giving tickets to people for every little thing like late registrations, parking tickets for parking just a little bit too long to run an errand to pay a bill or something. Is this "Police Academy 3"? Thanks for reading.

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