Richmond man arrested following five commercial burglaries in Petaluma

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A 50-year-old Richmond man was arrested on suspicion of committing as many as five commercial burglaries in downtown Petaluma Tuesday morning, police said.

The bust followed an alarm call around 2:55 a.m. Tuesday at a business on East Washington Street, where officers found a hole in a wall below a window, police said.

Video surveillance showed the suspect, identified as Lee Stewart, wearing a hat and trench coat when entering the business. Less than two hours later, another alarm sounded from a business on Kentucky Street that had its windows smashed, police said.

Soon after, Stewart was contacted by police on East Washington near the River Plaza Shopping Center. He was wearing the hat, trench coat and possessed property from the Kentucky Street business in his pockets, along with theft tools, police said.

He was arrested in connection with the two commercial burglaries, police said. The investigation is continuing into whether Stewart was also responsible for breaking the windows at three other local businesses that same morning.

He was booked into Sonoma County Jail under $70,000 bail.

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