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Santa Rosa police and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested a suspect in three recent residential burglaries in which the intruder lit the homes on fire, a sheriff’s sergeant said. Andy Ruben Navarro, 49, of Santa Rosa, was taken into custody at his home in the 3500 block of Coffee Meadow Place in Santa Rosa, which is close to the sites of all three crimes, sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Raasch said.
Property crimes detectives from both law enforcement agencies found jewelry, a laptop, a generator, a pressure washer, guns, a video camera and other stolen property in Navarro’s residence, Raasch said. At the site of the most recent burglary-arson, which occurred in the 3100 block of Fulton Road on July 10, investigators found a 24-ounce Budweiser beer can commemorating the Fourth of July in the house, Raasch said.
“We figured whosever committed the burglary-arson recently bought it,” Raasch said. Investigators reviewed surveillance video taken at a nearby market two hours before the burglary, Raasch said. It showed two separate people buying the distinctive 24-ounce beer, one of whom got on his bicycle and headed south toward the house that was burgled and burned, Raasch said.
A parole search helped identify possible suspects who live in the area, and investigators learned that Navarro was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon and had a history of theft and burglary arrests, Raasch said. Santa Rosa police and sheriff’s investigators went with Navarro’s parole officer to the garage where Navarro was living on Coffey Meadow Place, Raasch said.
Navarro was detained, and the stolen property was found in the garage, Raasch said. Navarro was arrested for the burglary and arson of a Hopper Avenue home in Santa Rosa on April 20; another on Banyan Place in Santa Rosa on May 19; and the burglary and arson of the Fulton Road home in unincorporated Sonoma County west of Santa Rosa on July 10, said Cyndi Foreman, a fire prevention officer with Rincon Valley and Windsor fire protection districts.
“We’re very happy a suspect has been apprehended. The fear these crimes created in those communities is un-measurable,” Foreman said. “Fortunately no one was hurt or killed, and he is off the streets and can do no further damage,” Foreman said. Navarro is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.
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