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* Robert Lee Brewster of Cotati alleged vehicle theft suspect

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Penngrove residents helped authorities apprehend a vehicle theft suspect Saturday morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said. A Ford F-250 truck was stolen when the owner left it running unattended in his driveway in Penngrove around 8:30 a.m., CHP Officer Jon Sloat said. The thief sped down Hatchery Court before abandoning it and fleeing through a yard, Sloat said.

A resident held the auto theft suspect at gunpoint in the yard on Willow Avenue but the suspect fled after a few minutes and jumped into a passing car. Witnesses followed that car until the vehicle returned to the Penngrove area and the suspect again fled on foot, Sloat said. The CHP and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office responded and determined the driver of the passing car containing the suspect was not involved in the vehicle theft, Sloat said.

CHP officers found the suspect, 28-year-old Robert Lee Brewster of Cotati at an apartment complex on Pine Tree Circle in Cotati, Sloat said. Brewster tried to change his clothes to alter his appearance but he was arrested for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, committing a felony while out on bail for a prior felony and possession of marijuana, Sloat said. Brewster was out on bail on grand theft charges and has a suspended driver’s license for multiple traffic violations, Sloat said.

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