Petaluma police Monday night arrested two of three men suspected of stealing cellphones and computers from T-Mobile stores in Petaluma and Santa Rosa. The electronics were taken around 7:30 p.m. from the T-Mobile store on College Avenue in Santa Rosa and then from the store on North McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma, police Lt. Tim Lyons said.
The suspects used wire cutters to cut the electronic devices from display tables, Lyons said. Petaluma police chased a speeding silver BMW occupied by three male suspects south on McDowell Boulevard away from the T-Mobile store in Petaluma. The BMW struck a curb, crashed at South McDowell Boulevard and Baywood Drive and the suspects fled, Lyons said. Officers quickly caught Tarell Armstrong, 26, of Oakland hiding in the front yard of a home on Evergreen Lane, Lyons said. Officers saw a second suspect, Joshua Green, 27, of Oakland, on the roof of a home near Catalpa Way around 7:50 p.m.
About 15 minutes later, a resident in the 1000 block of St. Francis Drive notified a police officer about a man who entered her house and locked the front door, Lyons said. The resident was able to get out of the house. Police identified Green as the man who entered the house and he was apprehended. Police searched the neighborhood but did not find the third suspect, Lyons said. He was described as a black man wearing a white shirt, green shorts and one shoe.
Petaluma police learned suspects matching the descriptions of the three men also committed robberies or thefts of laptops from patrons at Peet’s Coffee in Santa Rosa and Cotati, Lyons said. Several electronic devices were found in the suspects’ BMW, Lyons said. Green and Armstrong were arrested on suspicion of burglary, trespassing, resisting arrest, evading and unlawful restraint, Lyons said. Both men were booked under no bail in the county jail.
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