A counterfeit $50 bill and a man wearing a shirt with the price tag still attached led to the arrest Friday of two Richmond men suspected of burglarizing homes in Larkfield, Graton and Windsor in Sonoma County, a sheriff’s sergeant said. One of the suspects, 42-year-old Anthony Torres, allegedly burglarized homes in Sonoma County while he was visiting his mother in a trailer park south of Windsor, Sgt. Michael Rausch said. Torres would then sell or trade some of the stolen items in Richmond, Raasch said. He said Torres and James Anthony Dickerson, 44, were arrested after Dickerson allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $50 bill at the Rotten Robbie gas station at 7001 Front Street in Forestville on Friday. Dickerson got into a Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by Torres after the clerk confiscated the money and said she was calling the sheriff’s office, Raasch said. The truck struck another vehicle as it fled south on state Highway 116. Sheriff’s deputy Chris Taylor then pursued the truck as it traveled at about 100 mph east on Guerneville Road near Willowside Road in Santa Rosa, Raasch said. He said Taylor abandoned the chase for safety reasons and the nature of the police call as the truck approached the intersection of Highway 116 and turned right on Fulton Road. A citizen then informed the sheriff’s office that two men fled in opposite directions from the parked truck at the dead end of Westpoint Place in Santa Rosa, Raasch said. Torres was found several blocks away and was arrested without incident. Detectives in unmarked cars searched the area for several hours and found Dickerson loitering in the Raley’s Shopping Center at Fulton and Guerneville roads, Raasch said. Dickerson had just bought a shirt at a nearby business to escape capture but forgot to remove the price tag, Raasch said. He was arrested without further incident. Detectives discovered the Toyota was stolen in Berkeley and found laptop computers, jewelry, checkbooks and credit cards inside the truck, Raasch said. The items were allegedly taken from three residential burglaries that were committed earlier Friday in Windsor and Graton and from two other Bay Area victims. Detectives also found stolen property hidden in Torres’ mother’s residence, Raasch said. In Richmond, Pinole and Rodeo, sheriff’s detectives searched a tow yard, two houses and a motel room associated with Torres and Dickerson, Raasch said. They allegedly found stolen laptops, a priceless football helmet, and jewelry associated with several unsolved residential burglaries in the Windsor and Larkfield areas. Torres and Dickerson were booked in the Sonoma County jail for burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of a counterfeit bill, Raasch said. Torres also was booked for hit-and-run. Both men have lengthy prior criminal records, and additional charges are expected to be filed against them when the investigation is complete, Raasch said.
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