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Pair Arrested for Prowling, Possession of Burglary Tools and Drugs

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
By Bay City News

Two men suspected of prowling and possession of burglary tools were arrested in Petaluma Saturday morning after an alert resident called police.

Investigators are looking into whether the apprehended suspects may be linked to recent thefts of Ford work trucks and vans, officers said.

Police said an officer responded to an apartment complex in the 100 block of Cherry Street after a resident called to report a suspicious person. The woman told the officer she had been walking to her car when an unknown man wearing all dark clothing startled her, according to police.

The officer saw a man matching the suspect description walking through the complex and the man began to run. After a brief foot chase the officer apprehended the man, identified as 36-year-old Novato resident Ryan Carrigan.

Police said Carrigan was found with methamphetamine in his pocket. He was arrested on suspicion of prowling, drug possession and resisting arrest and booked into Sonoma County Jail.

After a witness reported seeing another man with Carrigan in the apartment complex, officers searched the area and found a man matching their descriptions sitting in a parked car nearby.

Police said officers contacted the man, identified as 42-year-old Novato resident Tory Morganti, who is currently on parole for burglary.

Officers searched the car and found blue rubber gloves, duffle bags with burglary tools, a shaved Ford ignition key, paper license plate, two knives, marijuana and hash, police said.

Morganti told police he was waiting for Carrigan to meet up with him.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of burglary tools and narcotics and taken to county jail.

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