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Petaluma transient arrested on burglary charge

Petaluma police arrested a parolee near a homeless encampment Saturday afternoon who was wanted on suspicion of burglarizing a nearby home a week before.

Police said they identified Harold Joseph Powell, 50, a Petaluma area transient, as being linked to a burglary in the 100 block of Cinnabar Lane on July 27.

The residence backs up to open fields that are heavily travelled by transients, said Sgt. Marty Frye.

Officers searched the fields shortly after the burglary and located numerous homeless encampments along the railroad tracks. They discovered a large portion of the property from the burglary in one of the camps, believed to belong to Powell, who was on parole for possession of stolen property.

Officers were unable to locate Powell, but when they returned Saturday, he was found near the trestle bridge west of Highway 101.

Powell fled when he saw police officers, but immediately gave up when he realized a police dog would be released if he continued to flee, said Sgt. Frye.

Powell was booked into Sonoma County Jail with no bail due to his parole status and outstanding warrant.

— Clark Mason, The Press Democrat


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