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A Petaluma woman was arrested this morning on suspicion of stealing wallets from two teachers at her child’s preschool last month, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said. Starrlynn Martin, 32, of Petaluma, was arrested at her apartment for burglary, forgery, passing stolen checks, identity theft, attempted burglary and attempted theft by use of a debit card, Sgt. Michael Raasch said.
One of the Stars Preschool teachers discovered her wallet was missing from her purse in the classroom on Oct. 1, Raasch said. The teacher soon learned two of her checks were used at the Whole Foods and Lucky supermarket in Petaluma, Raasch said. Another teacher discovered $60 was missing from her purse that was in the same classroom, but neither teacher reported the thefts, Raasch said.
On Oct. 22, someone stole the teachers’ wallets from the purses in the classroom, Raasch said. One of the teacher’s debit cards was used to buy gas, and someone tried to use the debit card to buy cigarettes, beer and food at the Steel Bear Deli and Country Store and 7-Eleven store on Old Redwood Highway in Petaluma, Raasch said. The attempted charges were declined because the bank was informed the card had been stolen, Raasch said.
The teachers suspected Martin because she had access to their classroom when she picked up her child, Raasch said. When one of the teachers confronted Marin, she denied stealing the wallets, but the wallets were soon found in front of the Cinnabar Elementary School, Raasch said. Both schools are located at 286 Skillman Lane.
Surveillance videos from Lucky supermarket and Steel Bear Deli showed Martin inside the businesses with her pre-school child, Raasch said. Martin admitted the thefts when she was arrested at 9:45 a.m. today, Raasch said. She was booked into the Sonoma County jail under $20,000 bail.
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