Santa Rosa police arrested a man Monday who is suspected of two residential burglaries in the city’s Bennett Valley neighborhood since Jan. 9. Eric Thomas Lee Sory, 24, of Sebastopol, is suspected of an interrupted burglary at a home on Hillsboro Circle on Feb. 19, police Sgt. Phil Brazis said.
The burglar fled in a blue Chevrolet pickup when he saw a 14-year-old boy who was home at the time, Brazis said. Police responded at 6 p.m. but didn’t located the suspect. When news of the interrupted burglary spread through the Santa Rosa Police Department, an officer recalled a burglary involving a suspect who drove away from a home on Fernglen Drive in Bennett Valley on Jan. 9, Brazis said.
The officer’s friend said he saw a male knock on his neighbor’s door and go into the backyard when no one answered, Brazis said. The officer’s friend said the suspect then drove away in a blue Chevrolet pickup. The truck was photographed and its license was documented, and the burglary victims realized days later jewelry had been taken, Brazis said.
Detectives identified Sory as the owner of the truck, and he was positively identified as the suspect in both burglaries, Brazis said. Sory was arrested Monday on state Highway 12 in Sebastopol after he was seen leaving his residence on Valley View Drive, Brazis said. Police found a large amount of jewelry hidden in bushes near his truck in the driveway, and additional evidence believed to be related to other burglaries was found in Sory’s home, Brazis said. Sory was booked in the Sonoma County jail on two counts of residential burglary.
Police are asking anyone with information about the two burglaries or who are the victims of residential burglaries where jewelry or an antique spoon display case were stolen is asked to call detective Gavin Holzapfel at (707) 543-4092.
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