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Donald Brian Bradford arrested for allegedly burglarizing work trucks at the Motel 6 in Santa Rosa

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Santa Rosa police arrested a man Tuesday who is suspected of burglarizing work trucks at the Motel 6 near the Coddingtown Shopping Center, a police sergeant said. Tools were taken from the trucks that belonged to construction company employees who are working at the shopping center, Sgt. Phil Brazis said. The owner of one of the trucks called police at 7 a.m. Tuesday to report his truck was broken into at the Motel 6 at 2760 Cleveland Ave., Brazis said.

The truck owner said the burglar took a rifle from his truck, Brazis said. When police responded, they learned another truck at the motel had been burglarized, Brazis said. The truck owner who called police alerted officers to a suspect who was loitering around his truck, and police contacted the suspect, 22-year-old Donald Brian Bradford, a Santa Rosa area transient, Brazis said. Bradford was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, and police found the stolen rifle in Bradford’s nearby vehicle, Brazis said.

Police also found work tools that were taken during other auto burglaries over the past few days, Brazis said. Bradford is suspected of burglarizing four locked trucks and taking property from an unlocked truck, Brazis said. He was booked in the Sonoma County jail for four counts of burglary and five counts of possession of stolen property, Brazis said. Brazis said Bradford is not suspected of burglarizing several utility trucks in Petaluma recently. “These are crimes of opportunity,” he said regarding the Santa Rosa burglaries.

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