Petaluma police arrested a Santa Rosa man on suspicion of vehicle theft Tuesday, the day after he was released from jail in another vehicle theft case, a police lieutenant said. A resident in the 1000 block of Maria Drive called police around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday to report a 2005 Toyota Tacoma was stolen while it was warming up in his driveway, Lt. Ken Savano said.
The commercial truck had a sticker similar to “How is my driving?” and a phone number on the back, Savano said. Fifteen minutes after the theft, motorists on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Cotati were calling the number to report the driver was driving erratically, Savano said. The business that owns the truck notified police and Petaluma police Officer Paul Accornero spotted the truck and followed it to the East Washington Street off-ramp, where 24-year-old Dante Jackson was arrested, Savano said.
Jackson was in possession of shaved keys and was taken to Sonoma County Jail and booked on suspicion of auto theft and possession of burglary tools, Savano said. Jackson had been released from jail Monday after he pleaded no contest in Sonoma County Superior Court to possession of stolen property on July 23. He had also been charged with vehicle theft, possession of burglary tools and tampering with a vehicle in that incident. Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 20 in that case and is scheduled to be arraigned today on the Petaluma vehicle theft and possession of burglary tools charges.
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