Suspected serial burglar nabbed after Marin County search
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.
An extensive manhunt in the Tomales area Monday for a suspected serial burglar ended late when Marin County deputies caught the man, reported Sonoma County sheriff's officials Tuesday.
At about 11:15 p.m. they arrested Tyrone Brennen, 27, of Oakland, on suspicion of four counts of commercial burglary in Sonoma County, said Sonoma sheriff's Sgt. Mike Raasch.
Detectives believe Brennen has been a one-man crime wave in recent months involving as many as 10 business burglaries in Sonoma County and three in Marin County.
The manhunt started at about 4 a.m. Monday after deputies discovered Diekmann's Bay store in Bodega Bay had been burglarized.
Sonoma deputies, believing the crime was the work of the serial burglar they'd been trying to catch, alerted Marin County that the burglar could be headed their way.
Marin deputies spotted his car outside Diekmann's market in the West Marin community of Tomales.
They apparently interrupted the man as he was attempting to commit a burglary there, said Marin County sheriff's officials.
The man escaped the arriving deputies and hid in the Tomales area. The two counties launched a search involving a helicopter, motorcycles, ATVs, and four-wheel-drive vehicles.
At about 11:15 p.m. he showed up on a roadway in the Tomales area. Someone saw him and called deputies, Raasch said.
In a search Monday of the man's Oakland home detectives found burglary tools and an extensive amount of jewelry, said Raasch.
Brennen was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on four counts of commercial burglary. Bail was set at $40,000.
Sonoma County detectives were expected to file additional information on the man's suspected activities, said Raasch.
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