Two East Bay men were arrested on suspicion of committing a burglary at the Staples store in Santa Rosa early Friday morning. One of the suspects also is suspected of burglarizing the Mead Clark Lumber store in Santa Rosa on Thursday, police said. Police responded around 4 a.m. Friday to the burglary of the Staples store at 2222 Cleveland Ave. where windows were smashed and computers were stolen, Sgt. Chad Heiser said.
The suspects were last seen in a white SUV getting onto southbound U.S. Highway 101, Heiser said. The Mead Clark Lumber store at 2667 Dowd Drive was burglarized around 5 a.m. Thursday, and the description of the suspect and of the vehicle in that burglary as a newer, white Toyota Highlander were similar to the Staples burglary, Heiser said. Power tools were taken during the Mead Clark burglary, Heiser said.
Santa Rosa police sent a “be on the lookout” broadcast, and Petaluma police Officer Mario Giomi saw a vehicle similar to the suspects’ vehicle on southbound Highway 101 near the Redwood Landfill Recycling Center south of Petaluma in Marin County around 4:15 a.m. Friday, Heiser said. Giomi contacted Richard Eugene Smith, 34, of Martinez and Michael Cornell Knox, 54, of Oakland in the vehicle, Heiser said.
He saw property in the car consistent with the items taken from Staples and determined the Toyota had been stolen on Feb. 26 from a Concord Toyota dealership, Heiser said. Santa Rosa police arrived and arrested Knox and Smith for the Staples burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle and conspiracy. Smith also was arrested for the burglary of Mead Clark Lumber, Heiser said.
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