PETALUMA (BCN) — A Hercules resident was arrested Wednesday in connection with a burglary in Petaluma.
Paul Amey, 33, was arrested after officers had responded at 7 a.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 1000 block of Garfield Drive on a report of a purse that had been stolen from a vehicle parked in the victim’s garage, police said.
Police said the victim was preparing to leave her residence and left her purse in her vehicle as it was warming up.
She went inside and returned to her vehicle a short time later to find the purse was gone, police said.
An alert citizen saw the suspect, later identified as Amey, leaving the victim’s garage carrying something and acting suspiciously,
After the victim told the citizen what had happened, the citizen followed the suspect and questioned him about the theft. The suspect fled the area on foot.
Police searched the area for the suspect but only recovered the purse.
Around 12:30 p.m., Petaluma police received a report of a suspicious person near the Target store on Kenilworth Drive.
Responding officers recognized the person matched the description of the suspect and took Amey into custody after the witness from the earlier burglary identified him, police said.
Police said Amey gave officers a false name and date of birth during the investigation because he had an outstanding arrest warrant for
burglary and stealing a vehicle.